New Delhi: Gopal Ansal surrendered on Monday before Tihar jail authorities to undergo a one-year jail term in the 1997 Uphaar fire tragedy case after the Supreme Court refused to grant him more time.
A bench comprising Chief Justice J.S. Khehar and Justices D.Y. Chandrachud and S.K. Kaul rejected the plea moved by the real estate baron seeking more time to surrender on the ground that he has moved a mercy plea before the President, and had asked him to surrender by Monday evening.
“Ansal surrendered around 5-5.30 pm. He is currently lodged in the hospital at Jail No. 3 as he complained of some health issues,” said a jail official. The bench said, “Sorry, we can’t,” when senior advocate Ram Jethmalani mentioned the matter and sought more time, telling the court that they have already approached the President with their mercy plea.
The apex court also rejected the plea from the senior advocate seeking a direction for speedy disposal of his mercy plea, pending before the President, saying that it cannot interfere in it as it is an exclusive jurisdiction of the President.
The apex court, on March 9, had dismissed Ansal’s plea for parity with his elder brother Sushil Ansal, who was awarded jail term already undergone by him considering his “age-related complications”....