The Lucknow High Court on Thursday sentenced gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari to seven years in jail for threatening to kill a jailer and pointing a pistol at him. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 on Ansari.
WHAT IS THE CASE?
The case dates back to 2003 when then jailer SK Awasthi lodged an FIR against Mukhtar Ansari at the Alambagh police station. Awasthi had alleged that he was threatened by Ansari when he checked the people who came to meet him in the jail. Awasthi had also said that Ansari pointed a gun at him.
Ansari is also involved in 10 other cases that are currently under trial in the Prayagraj special MP/MLA court. The biggest case against him is for the murder of a contractor in Uttar Pradesh’s Mau.
The gangster had committed murders in the years 1978, 1986, 1988, 1990 and 1992.
Mukhtar Ansari was released in the jailer case by a trial court. The UP government had appealed in the high court against the trial court order.
Mukhtar Ansari is currently lodged in UP's Banda jail. He was brought to Banda jail from a Punjab jail on April 7 after a Supreme Court order.