1997 Uphaar Cinema fire: convict moves HC against web seriestext_fields
New Delhi: Sushil Ansal, the real estate magnate, who was convicted in the 1997 Uphaar Cinema fire case, approached the Delhi High Court against the release of the web series 'Trial by Fire', PTI reported.
The web series is said to be based on the case, and that is why he approached the court to demand an injunction on the show o Tuesday. The show is scheduled to be released on Netflix on January 13.
The petition filed by the 83-year-old also demanded a ban on the circulation and publication of the book titled 'Trial by Fire- The tragic tale of the Uphaar Tragedy'. The matter is listed for hearing on January 11 by Justice Yashwant Varma.
According to Ansal's plea, he had been punished legally as well as socially. The release of the show and the book, written by a couple who lost their children to the fire, would end in irreparable harm to his reputation, in addition to a violation of his privacy.
A massive fire had broken out at the Uphaar cinema during the screening of the Hindi film 'Border' on June 13, 1997, claiming 59 lives.
In 2017, the Supreme Court finally decided the case and directed the now 83-year-old Sushil Ansal and his brother Gopal Ansal (74) to pay a fine of ₹ 30 crores each.
The top court had then released Sushil Ansal, taking into account the period he had already spent in jail.
Ansal brothers and two others were later held guilty of tampering with the evidence related to the Uphaar cinema fire trial.