Uphaar tragedy: Ansal brothers escape jail. Fire on Twitter

The three-judge bench asked the brothers to pay a fine of 60 crore in three months.

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In a major relief to the Ansal brothers, convicts in Uphaar fire tragedy in Delhi, the Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed them to walk free with a fine of Rs 60 crore. Awarding the jail term for a period already undergone by the industrialists, the three-judge bench of Justices AR Dave, Kurian Joseph and Adarsh Kumar Goel asked them to pay the total fine of Rs 60 crore in three months and deposit it with the Delhi government, which in turn will spend the money on welfare schemes.

While Sushil Ansal has spent over five months in prison, Gopal has spent jail time of over four months. The bench rejected the submissions of senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing for CBI, that the convicts be sent to jail to serve the remaining jail term. "My instruction from CBI is to press for their custody," Salve said, when the court sought his views.

Senior advocate KTS Tulsi, who represented the Association of Victims of Uphaar Tragedy (AVUT), also said that the convicts not only be jailed, but rather their punishment should be enhanced. Fifty-nine people, trapped in the balcony of the theatre, died of asphyxia following the fire and over 100 were injured in the subsequent stampede on June 13, 1997 during the screening of Bollywood film "Border". Read more here.

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