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Uphaar case: Ansal brothers' bail cancelled

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Sep 10, 2008 at 06:35pm IST

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday cancelled the bail of Sushil and Gopal Ansal, who were sentenced to two years of imprisonment by the trial court in the Uphaar fire tragedy which claimed 59 lives.

The apex court also cancelled the bail granted to Ajit Chowdhary and Nirmal Chopra, managers of the theatre, who were awarded seven years of imprisonment.

The order was pronounced by a Bench comprising Justices B N Agrawal and G S Singhvi.

An application seeking cancellation of bail was moved in the Supreme Court by relatives of victims who had died in the Uphaar tragedy. They had taken the ground that the Ansal brothers were manipulating the judicial system and causing the Delhi High Court to delay the disposal of their appeal against their conviction.

In the last six months the case had not moved at all as the Ansal brothers had repeatedly taken adjournments.

The relatives of the victims had also taken the plea that the Ansal brothers were guilty of destroying court records, which went against them and their bail should be cancelled.

They Ansal brothers had been granted bail in January 2008, which the CBI is opposing.

Cancelling their bails, the court observed that the accused had interfered with administration of justice and their conduct after being granted bail was not satisfactory and the High Court should not have given them bail in the first instance.

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