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The Uphaar Tragedy Victims Association has challenged in the High Court the decision to release real estate tycoons Sushil and Gopal Ansal and others on the basis of their age and jail term for tampering with court documents. The petitioner said that though the Sessions Judge has upheld the Magistrate Court’s decision to convict him, the manner in which the decision to release him on the basis of age and jail sentence is wrong in law. This has hurt the faith of the common people in justice. Apart from this, he has overlooked many important facts. The petition, presented before Justice Asha Menon, will come up for hearing on September 5.

It is noteworthy that District Judge Dharmesh Sharma, in his judgment, while dismissing his appeal against the sentence, upheld the decision of the lower court. 59 people lost their lives in the 1997 Uphaar cinema fire. The Ansal brothers and others were accused of tampering with the evidence in this related case. On November 8, the magisterial court had sentenced the Ansal brothers and other convicts to seven years in jail and were in jail since then.

The association argued that the Principal District and Sessions Judge failed to consider that this was the second sentence for Sushil and Gopal Ansal and a double offense. Because of this they deserve maximum punishment. This is a case that breaks public trust in the criminal justice system. It requires maximum punishment. So that it becomes an example for others, who also dream of tampering with court records in future. In this case mainly the Ansal brothers abused the liberty given in the main Uphaar case and tampered with the evidence after hatching a criminal conspiracy with the court staff.

This was the decision of the Sessions Judge
District Judge Dharmesh Sharma, while giving his verdict, told Neelam Krishnamurthy, president of Uphaar Tragedy Victims Association present in the court that we sympathize with you. Many people lost their lives in this accident, which can never be compensated, but you must understand that penal policy is not about retaliation. We have to consider Ansal’s age, you have endured, but he has also suffered. After the court’s order was pronounced, Krishnamurthy told the judge that the order was unjust.

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The Uphaar Tragedy Victims Association has challenged in the High Court the decision to release real estate tycoons Sushil and Gopal Ansal and others on the basis of their age and jail term for tampering with court documents. The petitioner said that though the Sessions Judge has upheld the Magistrate Court’s decision to convict him, the manner in which the decision to release him on the basis of age and jail sentence is wrong in law. This has hurt the faith of the common people in justice. Apart from this, he has overlooked many important facts. The petition, presented before Justice Asha Menon, will come up for hearing on September 5.

It is noteworthy that District Judge Dharmesh Sharma, in his judgment, while dismissing his appeal against the sentence, upheld the decision of the lower court. 59 people lost their lives in the 1997 Uphaar cinema fire. The Ansal brothers and others were accused of tampering with the evidence in this related case. On November 8, the magisterial court had sentenced the Ansal brothers and other convicts to seven years in jail and were in jail since then.

The association argued that the Principal District and Sessions Judge failed to consider that this was the second sentence for Sushil and Gopal Ansal and a double offense. Because of this they deserve maximum punishment. This is a case that breaks public trust in the criminal justice system. It requires maximum punishment. So that it becomes an example for others, who also dream of tampering with court records in future. In this case mainly the Ansal brothers abused the liberty given in the main Uphaar case and tampered with the evidence after hatching a criminal conspiracy with the court staff.

This was the decision of the Sessions Judge

District Judge Dharmesh Sharma, while giving his verdict, told Neelam Krishnamurthy, president of Uphaar Tragedy Victims Association present in the court that we sympathize with you. Many people lost their lives in this accident, which can never be compensated, but you must understand that penal policy is not about retaliation. We have to consider Ansal’s age, you have endured, but he has also suffered. After the court’s order was pronounced, Krishnamurthy told the judge that the order was unjust.

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