Allahabad High Court’s Lucknow Bench on Friday sentenced former MLA Mukhtar Ansari to five years in prison in a 23-year-old Gangsters Act case. Justice DK Singh approved an order quashing the acquittal by a special MP-MLA court in 2020. The court also fined Ansari of Rs 50,000.
The prosecution had presented a gang map in court as evidence against the former MLA. “The MP-MLA special court made a gross mistake in acquitting Mukhtar. The gang card was proved in court as documentary evidence. Mukhtar is a mobster and he is said to have committed several offenses, therefore he is found guilty of violations of under Section 2/3 of the Gangster Act,” the court said. State attorney Rao Narendra Singh said the case was filed with Hazratganj Police in Lucknow in 1999 and a special court acquitted Ansari in 2020. The state had appealed the acquittal in 2021.
Supplementary government attorneys UC Verma and Rao Narendra Singh argued on behalf of the state government, saying that the Hazratganj SHO filed an FIR in 1999 alleging that Mukhtar and his associates had committed heinous crimes, including murder, extortion, kidnapping and kidnapping. The FIR said his accomplice Suresh Kumar and his three-four people heard that gang member Abhay Singh had a prison warden murdered in the busy Hazratganj area of Lucknow. The gang members were also said to be feared criminals, who commit crimes in an organized manner to amass wealth. They struck fear into people’s hearts and minds, and no one dared file an FIR, not even against members of the gang, the indictment said.
The general public felt insecure and lived in fear in Lucknow and neighboring areas, the FIR added. Accepting arguments from the prosecution’s lawyers, the prosecution said, “If the prosecution proves that the person belongs to a gang and commits himself to committing offenses for the purpose of benefit to himself or any other person, he may be punished under the Gangsters Act.”
On Wednesday, Mukhtar Ansari was sentenced to seven years in prison in another case for threatening a jailer and pointing a gun at him. In 2003, then-Lucknow District Prison Guard, SK Awasthi, filed an FIR with the Alambagh Police, alleging that he had been threatened for ordering a search of people who came to meet Ansari. A court had also acquitted Ansari in this case. Mukhtar Ansari is currently in Banda Prison.
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