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Uphaar Case
CBI clean chit to ex-IPS officer

New Delhi, April 17
Police officer-turned-politician Amod Kanth has been given a clean chit in the 1997 Uphaar fire tragedy case by the CBI which maintained there was no witness to the fact that he allowed extra seats in the theatre for any consideration.

Kanth, the then Deputy Commissioner of Police (Licencing) who had allegedly allowed retention of 37 extra seats in the Uphaar theatre in 1979 in violation of the Cinematograph Act, was given a clean chit by the CBI which said his decision was based on the advice of a technical officer.

However, the probe agency, in its investigation report to a Delhi court, said it had recommended departmental action against 28 officials belonging to the Delhi police, MCD, PWD and Delhi Fire Service as irregularities were established against them.

It also informed District and Sessions Judge IK Kochhar that the disciplinary authorities had already taken action against 16 of them and a report was awaited from the Delhi government about action taken against remaining 12 officials of the Licencing Department and the Delhi Fire Service.

While awarding varying jail terms to 12 accused, including theatre owners Sushil and Gopal Ansal, a trial court had in December, 2007 asked the CBI to look into the role of Kanth and other officials whose acts had “become a cause of the tragedy in Uphaar cinema” that had claimed 59 lives in 1997. — PTI

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