|Delhi Chief Minister Sri.Arvind Kejriwal|
After honourable Supreme Court of India ordered the Ansals to pay Rs.60 crores to Uphaar fire tragedy victims, the Association of Victims of Uphaar Tragedy (AVUT) met Chief Minister of Delhi to express their dissatisfaction in the order. The association wants the government to decline the order of compensation and push ahead for strong punishment of the offenders.
Uphaar cinemas in South Delhi owned by builders Gopal and Sushil Ansal was ablazed in the year 1997 due to their negligence and several persons were killed in the fire. Honourable Supreme Court of India, by restricting the jail term of the offenders to the period they have already spent in prison, has ordered to pay the amount for the construction new trauma centre to be set up by Delhi government. Supreme Court has already turned down CBI's plea to argue further for strict punishment in the case causing much news flares.
It is learnt that Chief Minister Sri.Arvind Kejriwal has not turned down their request and has promised them to seek legal opinion in the issue of declining the order of compensation. As per his version Delhi government has sufficient funds to build the trauma care centre and need not depend on an offender's money for that. It will be interesting to see whether the government choose to obey the order or claim both imprisonment and fine in one of the greatest tragedies the State has seen.