New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday granted an interim relief of Rs 5.14 crore to dependents and injured victims of Uphaar cinema hall tragedy which claimed 59 lives and injured 103 persons here in June 1997.

The apex court passed the direction while recording an undertaking from the Union Home Ministry which offered to pay an ex-gratia of Rs. 2.14 crore as its interim contribution and the cinema hall owner Ansal family which agreed to furnish Rs. 3 crore as its immediate share.

The interim relief would be without any prejudice to the final compensation that would be awarded by the apex court which on Wednesday reserved its judgment on the quantum of sentence. -- PTI

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