Uphaar fire tragedy: Supreme Court jails Gopal Ansal for a year

The 2015 judgement had allowed the Ansals to walk free after directing them to pay a total compensation of Rs. 60 crore.

Uphaar fire tragedy: Supreme Court jails Gopal Ansal for a year

In the 20-year-long Uphaar Cinema fire tragedy case, the Supreme Court on Thursday send the real estate baron Gopal Ansal to jail for negligence leading to the deaths of 59 people in the 1997.

The apex court, The Hindu reported, spared his elder brother Sushil, who is 77, from serving time behind bars due to his advanced age.

Gopal Ansal, who had already spent 4 months and 20 days in prison earlier has been sentenced to a year's imprisonment. The report said, the period that he had spent would be deducted from from his term and he would have to serve the rest of months. He has been given four weeks to surrender.


The 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.

A Bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi, Kurian Joseph and A.K. Goel passed the order on separate review petitions filed by the CBI and the Association of Victims of Uphaar Tragedy against a 2015 judgment of the Supreme Court.

The 2015 judgement had allowed the Ansals to walk free after directing them to pay a total compensation of Rs. 60 crore. The then Bench led by Justice Anil Dave had found that there was nothing "frutiful" in sending the duo to jail.