Uphaar documents go missing

NEW DELHI JAN. 28. Taking a serious note of alleged disappearance of important documents from the court file of the Uphaar fire tragedy case, a Delhi court today asked its record-keeper to submit a report on the missing papers on Wednesday.

The Additional Sessions Judge, Mamata Sehagal, trying the case issued the direction while considering an application by the prosecution for taking on record photocopies of the alleged missing documents.

The documents included four cheques issued by the Ansals as well as minutes of the meetings of the Board of Directors entrusted with the responsibility of running the hall and other related documents.

Meanwhile, the court also disallowed a request by the Ansals to hand over the cinema hall saying that the there was no need to allow the request since the trial would very soon come to an end.

The hall was sealed immediately after the incident in which scores, mostly women and children, were suffocated to death on June 13, 1997.

The court also allowed a request by the prosecution to summon six additional witnesses for recording of their statements in the case.

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