Court stays summons against real estate tycoon, employee


New Delhi : The Delhi High Court Thursday stayed the summons issued by a lower court against a real estate tycoon and his employee for allegedly threatening the president of an association of victims of the 1997 Uphaar theatre fire tragedy.

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Justice B.N. Chaturvedi stayed the summons against Sushil Ansal and his employee Deepak Kathpalia, two days after staying two other summons against Gopal Ansal and P.S. Sharma, another employee of the Ansals.

The court also issued notices to Association of Uphar Tragedy Victims president Neelam Krishnamoorthy and the state government seeking their reply by Nov 13 as to why her complaint against Ansal brothers and their two employees should not be quashed.

The four had been issued summons by Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Kamini Lau on a complaint by Krishnamoorthy, who was allegedly abused and threatened by the two employees of Ansal brothers May 10.

Krishnamoorthy had alleged that the two employees of Ansal brothers had abused and threatened her at the behest of their employer.

She had alleged that her pictures were taken May 10 when she was coming out of the courtroom of Additional Sessions Judge Mamta Sehgal, where trial against the Ansal brothers and others was on for their alleged culpability in the June 13, 1997 tragedy.

Krishnamoorthy had lost her two minor children in the fire in which 57 others were asphyxiated during the screening of Hindi blockbuster "Border".

The court, in pursuance of the high court's order to conclude the 10-year-old trial by August, is now hearing the final arguments on a day-to-day basis.