A Delhi court Monday awarded 7-year jail terms to real estate barons Sushil and Gopal Ansal for tampering with evidence in the 1997 case of Uphaar cinema fire which had claimed 59 lives.
Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Pankaj Sharma also imposed a fine of Rs 2.25 crore each on the Ansals.
The court also awarded 7-year-jail term each to former court staff Dinesh Chand Sharma and two others – P P Batra and Anoop Singh and a fine of Rs 3 lakh each on the them.
After thinking over nights and nights, I have come to the conclusion that they deserve punishment, the judge said.
The convicts, out on bail, were taken into the custody after the order was pronounced.
The apex court, however, released them taking into account the prison time they had done on the condition that they pay Rs 30 crore fine each, to be used for building a trauma centre in the national capital.
The fire had broken out at the Uphaar cinema during the screening of the Hindi film ‘Border’ on June 13, 1997, claiming 59 lives.