Uphaar: Delhi police receive misinformation notice over Ansal’s passport renewal

New Delhi, February 21 (IANS): A Delhi court on Monday issued a show cause notice to Delhi police following a plea by the Association of Victims of Uphaar Tragedy (AVUT) saying they had received ‘conflicting details’ in a request for RTI regarding the renewal of the passport of Sushil Ansal, who is currently serving a seven-year sentence in the Uphaar tragedy evidence tampering case.

Metropolitan Chief Magistrate Pankaj Sharma was hearing the plea filed by AVUT President Neelam Krishnamoorthy in which the applicant said conflicting details were found in the response to an RTI application filed by her on February 14, 2022 .

AVUT’s lawyer, Vikas Pahwa, argued that the indictment filed in court was only under Section 177 (providing false information), Section 181 (stating knowingly to an official, under oath as true what is false) of the CPI and Article 12 (obtaining a passport by deleting information on one’s nationality) of the Passports Act.

Pointing out the difference, Pahwa said, the draft indictment filed with LG’s office on May 22, 2020, was under Sections 420 (cheating), 177, 181, 192 (giving or fabricating false evidence ), 197 (issue observation of a false certificate) of the CPI and article 12 of the Passport Law.

Accordingly, the court issued a notice to the investigator requesting a response and scheduled a new hearing for March 4.

The same bench had, on November 8, 2021, sentenced real estate barons Sushil and Gopal Ansal to seven years imprisonment in addition to imposing a fine of Rs 2.25 crore in the evidence tampering case.

On June 13, 1997, halfway through the screening of the Hindi film “Border”, a fire broke out in the Uphaar cinema, owned by Ansals located in Green Park in South Delhi, killing 59 people in one of the the country’s worst tragedies. .

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