HC upholds tampering charge against Ansals

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 13 May 2017 08:12:17


NEW DELHI,

May 12,

(PTI),

THE Delhi High Court on Friday upheld a trial court order framing charges of tampering of evidence against real estate barons Sushil and Gopal Ansal in a case related to the 1997 Uphaar fire tragedy.

A bench of Justice Siddharth Mridul held that there was adequate material on record before the magisterial court which justifies framing of charges against Ansals and others.

“The material gave rise to strong suspicion that accused committed the offence for which charges were rightly framed,” the bench said. It also directed the magisterial court to proceed with the trial in the case.

A magisterial court had on May 31, 2014 ordered framing of charges against seven accused for abetment of offence, causing disappearance of evidence, criminal breach of trust by public servant and criminal conspiracy under the IPC.

Theatre owners Gopal Ansal and his brother Sushil Ansal, Anoop Singh, Prem Prakash Batra, Harswaroop Panwar, Dharamveer Malhotra and Dinesh Chandra Sharma are accused of tampering with evidence in the case, pending since 2006. All the accused have denied the allegations against them.

The High Court had in March last year allowed a plea of Delhi Police  seeking transfer of revision petitions of the accused which are pending before a sessions court.

The High Court had transferred the matter to itself, saying it was warranted in order to protect and uphold dignity and majesty of judicial system and to ensure faith of the citizens in the court of law.