Mukhtar Ansari gets bail in 14-yr-old case

There is finally some good news for beleaguered mafia don-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari.

Ansari has been granted bail in a 14-year-old Gangster Act case.

The Ghazipur Session Court granted bail to Ansari on a personal bond of Rs one lakh on Tuesday.

He is currently lodged at Banda jail in Uttar Pradesh.

Since there are several other cases that are lodged against Ansari in Mau and other parts of Uttar Pradesh, his release from the jail is unlikely in near future.

A sitting MLA from Mau assembly seat, Mukhtar Ansari has been lodged in jail since 2005 for the murder of BJP MLA Krishnanand Rai.

More than 40 cases had been lodged against him at a single police station in the Ghazipur district.

The five-time MLA has been acquitted in a number of cases.

Earlier, in the wake of Mukhtar Ansari’s transfer from Punjab’s Ropar jail to Uttar Pradesh’s Banda jail, his son Umar Ansari had alleged threat to his father’ life at the Banda jail.

After meeting Mukhtar at Banda jail last month, Umar told reporters that a conspiracy is being hatched to kill his father. According to Umar’s claim, the district administration and the local police are hand-in-glove with criminals lodged at the jail.

“They are hatching a conspiracy to kill my father. I will approach the court,” he had said.

Ansari had, in September last year, told a court that the Uttar Pradesh government may get him eliminated by ‘poisoning his food’ and demanded for high-class facilities in jail.

Mukhtar Ansari has been elected Member of Legislative Assembly from the Mau constituency five times, twice on BSP ticket (1996 and 2017), twice as an Independent (2002, 2007) and once with his own outfit Quami Ekta Dal (2012) which he later merged with Bahujan Samaj Party.

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