“Uphaar fire tragedy”- Delhi court likely to pronounce order today in evidence tampering case

New Delhi A Delhi court is inscribed to speakout its order on Friday (October 8, 2021) in a case related to the tampering with the validation in the 1997 Uphaar fire tragedy matter involving real estate Napoleons Sushil and Gopal Ansal among others.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Pankaj Sharma reserved the order on Thursday after the conclusion of final arguments in the matter.

The case is related to the tampering with the validation of the main case of the fire tragedy which had claimed 59 lives, in which Ansals were condemned and doomed to two stretches jail term by the Supreme Court.

Notwithstanding, the apex court released them on the period before sustained in the jail on the condition that they pay Rs 30 crore fine each to be used for raising a trauma centre in the public capital.

The Ansal stocks along with a court staff Dinesh Chand Sharma, and other things– P P Batra, Har Swaroop Panwar, Anoop Singh, and Dharamvir Malhotra– were reserved in the present case.Panwar and Malhotra stalled during the course of the trial.

Unyoung advocate Vikas Pahwa, appearing for the suer Association of Victims of Uphaar Tragedy (AVUT), told the court on Thursday that Ansals and HS Panwar set a wrongful conspiracy of the destruction of the most vital piece of witness collected by the CBI against them in the main Uphaar case.“ The documents were took and were tampered with, maimed, torn and some also went missing,” he told the court.

The accomplishment claimed that Ansals were achieved in the main case and the documents which were “ crippled, destroyed or unethically removed”, manifested their involvement in the day-to- day functioning of the Uphaar Cinema.

It said that Ansals had taken the defence in the main case that they had no involvement in the day-to- day functioning of Uphaar Cinema.

The tampering was detected for the first time on July 20, 2002, and when it was disinterred, a departmental enquiry was initiated against Dinesh Chand Sharma and he was suspended.

Thereafter an enquiry was conducted and he was terminated from services on June 25, 2004.The perpetration said that after the termination, the Ansal stocks helped Sharma get employment on a routine stipend of Rs.

When the case was registered, the documents of the company, where Sharma was employed post quiescence, were other tampered with by its speaker Anoop Singh.

The Delhi police had anteriorly told the court that tampering with voucher by real estate princes eroded the confidence and trust of a common man in the wrongful justice delivery system.

It said that the Uphaar Cinema Fire Tragedy was the most sensitive case of the town at that time and tampering with the documents in such a case couldn’t be taken fluently.

According to the charge expanse, the documents averred to have been tampered with included a police memo giving details of recaptures incontinently after the incident, Delhi Fire Service records pertaining to repair of engine installed inside Uphaar, heartbeats of Managing Director’s meetings, and four cheques.

Out of the six sets of documents, a cheque of Rs 50 lakh, issued by Sushil Ansal to clay, and heartbeats of the MD’s meetings, proved beyond dubiety that the two cousins were handling the day-to- day affairs of the theater at the apposite time, the charge expanse had said.

The fire had broken out at the Uphaar cinema during the wirework of the Hindi film’Border’on June 13, 1997, claiming 59 lives.

The case was lodged on the direction of the Delhi High Court while hearing a conjuration by AVUT chairman Neelam Krishnamoorthy.

The accused are charged with offences under sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 109 (abetment), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence), and 409 (criminal breach of trust) of the IPC.


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