Like his elder brother Sushil Anasal, Gopal Ansal - the builders of the theatre -- had been convicted for criminal negligence that led to the loss of lives. But while 77-year-old Sushil Ansal was spared a a jail term in view of his age, Gopal Ansal had been given a one-year sentence. He has to serve around seven months, since he has served around 4 months as an undertrial.
Since the Supreme Court upheld his jail term in February and gave him a month's time to surrender, Gopal Ansal has filed a number of petitions, saying his jail sentence should be waived. He has cited his age and claimed he suffered from delicate heath. The tycoon even said he lived on charity - a claim the Central Bureau of Investigation, which was probing the case, had treated with scorn.
The Supreme Court -- whose decision to let off Sushil Ansal has already been criticised by the families of those who died -- dismissed the petition.