On Monday, a Special MP/MLA Court deferred framing of charges against BSP MLA Mukhtar Ansari and his associates till April 19 in a 21-year-old case of alleged manhandling of jail officials by them.
Special judge PK Rai passed the order as neither Ansari nor the other accused persons–Yusuf Chisti, Aalam, Kallu Pundit and Lalji Yadav–appeared before the court.
While Chisti and Aalam are in judicial custody, Pundit and Yadav are on bail.
An FIR in the matter was registered by the then jailor SN Dwivedi at the Alambagh Police Station in Lucknow on April 3, 2000.
According to the FIR, Ansari’s men assaulted some detainees, who were brought back to jail after their hearing in a court. When the police intervened, the accused also beat them up.
A charge sheet was filed against all the accused by the police.