State Govt files Affidavit in SC asking for Gangster Mukhtar Ansari’s transfer to Banda Jail

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On Wednesday, the Govt of Uttar Pradesh filed an affidavit before the Apex Court, saying that the Supreme Court should pass appropriate directions & transfer Ansari to Banda jail in the state.

In its affidavit, the UP Govt said that the Govt is committed to ensuring the safety & security of gangster Mukhtar Ansari, who is currently lodged in a jail in Punjab.

Ansari’s hearing regarding the transfer from Punjab to Uttar Pradesh will commence later in the day.

A petition was filed by the UP Govt seeking transfer of custody of mafia don & Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MLA Ansari, from Punjab to UP to face trial in as many as 14 cases pending over there.

Earlier this month, the UP Govt had raised the question before the Top Court on why the Govt of Punjab was defending the gangster & alleged that he is ‘enjoying’ in the jail there.

The Govt had also said that either Ansari should be transferred to Uttar Pradesh to face trial, or the case in Punjab to be transferred to a UP Court if a charge-sheet has been filed. The Yogi Adityanath government had approached the Supreme Court to bring Ansari to the state for appearance before a UP court.

Ansari, an MLA from Mau remained lodged in a Ropar jail in Punjab since January 2019 where he was named in an extortion case. Since then Ansari has not applied for bail in the FIR registered in Punjab and the police have also not filed any charge-sheet against him.

Earlier, several production warrants were issued against Ansari but Punjab Police did not allow him to be shifted to Uttar Pradesh on the grounds of ill health.

On his part, Ansari has apprehended a threat to his life in Uttar Pradesh and sought to appear in cases through video conferencing only.

The UP Govt has taken tough measures against Ansari & people running illegal businesses under his name. Alleged illegal properties worth crores of rupees related to Ansari in Lucknow, Mau & Ghazipur have been demolished by the state agencies.

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