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Uphaar fire tragedy: SC declines more surrender time to Gopal Ansal

A huge fire broke out at Uphaar cinema hall when a Hindi movie was being screened in June 1997

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Uphaar Cinema

The on Monday declined owner Gopal Ansal's plea for more time to surrender, as he said he has moved the President for mercy and pardon.

"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.

The apex court had earlier asked to surrender to undergo the remaining part of his sentence in the case.

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.

First Published: Mon, March 20 2017. 12:47 IST