Order reserved on Ansals’ plea for releasing Uphaar

May 15th, 2008 - 12:03 am ICT by admin  

New Delhi, May 14 (IANS) Delhi High Court Wednesday reserved its order on a plea from the owners of Uphaar cinema seeking permission for productive use of the hall which was sealed following a 1997 fire tragedy that claimed 59 lives. Justice H.R. Malhotra reserved the order after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) made its final submissions in the case.

Theatre owners Sushil Ansal and his brother Gopal Ansal, who were sentenced to two years in jail by the trial court for causing death due to negligence, said in their application to the high court that the property should be handed over to them as the trial in the case was over.

The Ansal brothers said the hall had not been used for several years and they wanted to put it to productive use.

“We have been deprived of our business,” they contended and said the revenue collected from the hall would contribute to the government exchequer.

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