Gopal Ansal surrenders before Tihar jail

New Delhi [India], Mar. 20 (ANI): The Uphaar fire tragedy accused Gopal Ansal surrendered before the Tihar jail authorities on Monday, after the Supreme Court refused to grant him more time.

Earlier in the day, the apex court refused Ansal's plea, seeking more time to surrender and ordered the real estate baron to undergo the rest of his jail term.

The apex court directed senior lawyer Ram Jethmalani, who appeared for Ansal, to ask the real estate baron to complete the rest of his jail term.

The apex court sentenced Gopal Ansal to one-year jail term on February 9, while, his elder brother Sushil was ordered to skip prison term citing old age and ill-health.

At least 59 people died of asphyxia and over 100 others were injured in the stampede after fire broke out in Uphaar cinema on June 13, 1997, during the screening of J.P. Dutta's film 'Border'.

This court case continued for 20 years. (ANI)