Justice Vikramajit Sen, the head judge on vacation bench of the Supreme Court on 16 June 2014 recused himself from hearing Ansal plea. Justice Sen who accompanies Justice Shiva Kriti Singh on the bench said that the matter should be heard before another bench.
Ansal in the application sought permission from the SC to leave India on a business trip to London and New York from 16 June to 20 June 2014 and 20 to 27 June 2014 respectively. It also sought permission for 28 June to 29 June 2014 to return back to India.
Gopal Ansal, the real estate baron and his brother are convicted for death of 59 people in a fire at their Uphaar cinema in 13 June 1997 during the screening of Hindi film Border.
Earlier, the apex court on 16 March 2014 expressed displeasure over Sushil Ansal leaving the country without its prior nod after the Association of Victims of Uphaar Fire Tragedy (AVUT) approached the court against his abroad travel without its permission.
The Court on 5 March 2014 upheld convictions of the Ansals in the case claiming that they were mainly interested in making money instead of ensuring safety of the cine–goers.
Vacation bench of the Supreme Court - is a bench that hears during summer vacations
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