Decide case related to Uphaar fire by Nov 30: HC to lower court

Decide case related to Uphaar fire by Nov 30: HC to lower court

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday directed a lower court to pronounce its verdict in a case relating to the alleged tampering of documents during the trial of the main 1997 Uphaar fire tragedy case by November 30.
Justice Anu Malhotra also sought a status report on trial in the matter by September 7.
“The trial court is directed to complete the proceedings in the case and pronounce the judgment by November 30. A status report is called for on September 7,” the court said.
The high court also asked the Delhi government and other parties in the case to cooperate in the trial to expedite disposal of the matter.
Senior advocate Vikas Pahwa, representing the Association of the Victims of Uphaar Tragedy (AVUT), sought a day-to-day trial in the case related to tampering of evidence in the main case.
He said the lower court was giving only one date each month, leading to a delay in the trial.
The state and Delhi Police, however, said they were assisting the court so proceedings are expedited.
On January 17, the high court had sought details of a case relating to the Uphaar cinema fire tragedy which was being heard by a trial court. This was after the victims’ group moved a plea for a speedy trial in the matter.
The high court sought to know the status and number of witnesses being cross-examined in the case relating to the alleged tampering of documents during trial of the main case, which involved real estate barons Sushil and Gopal Ansal.