Delhi court sentences Ansal brothers in falsified evidence case

A Delhi court has convicted real estate barons Sushil and Gopal Ansal for tampering with evidence in the Uphaar fire tragedy case.

The court sentenced them under Articles 201 (tampering with evidence), 120B and 409 (criminal breach of trust by an IPC official. Along with the Ansals, the court also convicted two of their employees and a former employee of the court, Dinesh Chand Sharma, guilty.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Pankaj Sharma has now requested the defendant’s financial records while deciding the amount of sentence he will announce on Monday.

Delhi Police, in his indictment against the convict of the Uphaar fire tragedy, Sushil Ansal said he misled government authorities by telling him that he had not been convicted in no criminal proceedings when renewing his passport.

The indictment filed with Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Pankaj Sharma at Patiala House Court stated that “Sushil Ansal deliberately withheld information regarding pending criminal proceedings against the plaintiff in court for any criminal offense in the past.” .

According to court records, the Association of Victims of the Uphaar Tragedy (AVUT) filed a petition with the Delhi High Court and during a hearing it emerged that Ansal had obtained a passport within years. 2000, 2004, 2013 and deleted facts while applying for the passport.

Ansal was convicted in the 2007 Uphaar fire tragedy and several other cases have also been filed against him. A total of 59 people died in the blaze.

Senior lawyer Vikas Pahwa, representing plaintiff AVUT, told the court on Thursday that Ansals and HS Panwar had hatched a criminal plot to destroy the most vital evidence the CBI collected against them in the main Uphaar case.