brothers, who owned Ansal Theatre and Clubotels (P) Ltd, which ran Uphaar cinema, were asked to pay 85 per cent of the total compensation awarded.
The apex court was simultaneously hearing a petition by the Association of the Victims of Uphaar Tragedy (AVUT) for enhancement of punishment to the Ansals. Besides the Ansal brothers, three other convicts, Harsarup Panwar, Bir Singh and Brij Mohan Satija, have filed appeals challenging their conviction.
Neelam Krishnamurthy, who lost her daughter Unnati and son Ujwal in the tragedy, is spearheading the legal battle for the victims. Krishnamurthy, along with the families of other victims, had sought more stringent punishment so that such incidents did not recur.