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CBI probe biased: Uphaar accused

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NEW DELHI, JAN. 28. Sushil Ansal, chairman of the Ansal Theatre and Clubotels Limited (ATCL), today submitted before a Delhi court that he had been falsely implicated in the Uphaar fire tragedy case.

Concluding the recording of his statement in the case, Mr. Ansal said that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had been biased in the probe of the case and that the case had been foisted upon him.

He submitted that he bore no liability for the tragedy as he had resigned from the board of directors of the ATCL in 1988, much before the occurrence of the tragedy on June 13, 1997.

The tragedy had claimed 59 lives due to suffocation following the fire in the hall during the matinee show of the Hindi film `Border'.When the Additional Sessions Judge, Mamata Sehagal, asked Mr. Ansal to explain the depositions by the witnesses against him, the accused said that they had been tutored by the prosecution to record their evidence against him so that the `false case' could be sustained.

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