Uphaar case: Gopal Ansal moves SC, seeks parity with brother Sushil Ansal

Gopal sought an open court hearing and said that his time to surrender should be extended until his application is decided by the bench.

Uphaar case: Gopal Ansal moves SC, seeks parity with brother Sushil Ansal

Gopal Ansal, owner of the Uphaar cinema where a fire breakout killed 59 people in 1997, has on Monday moved the Supreme Court, seeking modification of its February 9 order asking him to served the remainder of his one-year imprisonment.

On February 9, the top court had sentenced Gopal on year jail term. He was ordered to surrender by March 9, to serve seven months, since he had served a four-month in jail previously.


According to a report in Indian Express, Gopal stated that his “body and health are more bitter than his elder brother Sushil Ansal”.

The application, according to the report, stated that his lawyers had the medical reports and that “going back into custody after a period of release is much more painful and tragic than serving out the whole sentence once and for all”.

Gopal, 69, claimed that he was not given any opportunity to prove his “delicate medical conditions”. The younger brother has sought similar relief claiming that he was 69 years old and would suffer irreparable damage to his health if sent to jail.

The application said: “The petitioner further submits that he is a victim of a prejudice created in high political circles and the media, which used their influence to have the matter referred by high authority to the CBI.” Gopal could also show how the entire investigation and the result was without jurisdiction, the application added.

Gopal sought an open court hearing and said that his time to surrender should be extended until his application is decided by the bench.

The Uphaar cinema is located in south Delhi’s Green Park area. The incident happened during the screening of Bollywood movie ‘Border’. More than 100 people were also injured in the subsequent stampede.