Gopal Ansal, who has been convicted of “criminal negligence” under Section 304-A, IPC by the Supreme Court and ordered to surrender in the 1997 Uphaar Cinema fire tragedy vide judgment and order dated 09.02.2017, had recently moved an application seeking modification of the order on medical grounds claiming parity with his brother Sushil Ansal who was let off with the sentence already served because of his old age and ailments.
The matter was mentioned before CJI on 28.02.2017 where the CJI passed the following directions :
“ Post on 03.03.2017 subject to there being no office objection”
Since the matter was not listed on 03.03.2017, senior counsel Ram Jethmalani once again mentioned the matter to CJI wherefollowing order was passed:
“ Post for consideration on 06.03.2017 , as per roster.”
The Registrar of the Supreme Court hasvide order dated 02.03.2017 refused to register the same holding that it will amount to re-agitation of the matter which is impermissible. The matter (the modification application along with the appeal against Registrar’s order) is now posted before a bench of Justice Gogoi and Navin Sinha on monday in Court 4 as Item 54. Interestingly it is listed before a 2 judge bench now which is a lesser quorum than 3 judges who passed the order dated 09.02.2017.
Read the order here.
Image from here.