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"Sorry, we can't," said a Bench of Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, Justice D Y Chandrachud and Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul as senior counsel Ram Jethmalani urged the court to give a few more days to Ansal to surrender.
A huge fire broke out at the Uphaar cinema hall when Hindi movie Border was being screened on June 13, 1997. Trapped inside, 59 persons died of asphyxia and over 100 were injured in a stampede.
For 20 years the case has dragged on.