A Ghazipur court on Friday awarded 10 years imprisonment to jailed mafia-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari in a 2009 Gangsters Act case, a day after his conviction. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 5 lakh on Ansari.
Ansari was pronounced guilty on Thursday in a 2009 Gangsters Act case by Ghazipur district’s special judge (MP-MLA) Arvind Mishra. This is Ansari’s sixth conviction since September 2022.
In April 2023, the Ghazipur MP-MLA court convicted and sentenced him to 10 years in jail in connection with the cases of the kidnapping of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Nandkishore Rungta and the 2005 murder of BJP MLA Krishnanand Rai, respectively.
In June 2023, a Varanasi court in Uttar Pradesh also held Ansari guilty and sentenced him to life imprisonment for a 32-year-old murder case of Awadhesh Rai, who was shot dead outside the house of his brother and former MLA Ajai Rai
In 2009, a case was registered by the Gazipur Police against Mukhtar Ansari under the Gangster Act after he was accused of hatching a conspiracy in connection with the murder of Kapil Dev Singh, who was killed in 2009, and in another case related to the attack on a person named Meer Hasan.
Mukhtar’s lawyer said that Mukhtar had been acquitted by the courts concerned in both the Kapil Deo Singh murder case and the Meer Hasan attempt to murder case.
However, the court in its judgment mentioned that according to FIRs, Mukhtar, Sonu Yadav and Radhey Harijan (who were killed in a police encounter) were operating a gang.