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Another major blow for Mukhtar Ansari as a result of Yogi govt’s effective courtroom lobbying

MP/MLA Court awards life term to mafia don in fake arms licence case

Court also imposes fine of Rs 2 lakh 2 thousand on mafia Mukhtar Ansari

By Our Correspondent

Lucknow/Varanasi: The mafia don-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari got yet another blow on Wednesday when the the MP/MLA Court in Varanasi awarded him life imprisonment in a three decades old case. Additionally, the court has imposed a substantial fine of Rs 2 lakh 2 thousand on the gangster.

This is the second life imprisonment sentence awarded to Ansari in the Yogi government. Courts have announced their verdicts in as many as eight cases against Ansari so far after finding him guilty. It is noteworthy that Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s efforts to ensure effective prosecution of dreaded criminals is leading to announcement of verdicts one after another in several pending cases.

The Additional Sessions Judge and Special Judge of the MP/MLA Court in Varanasi, Awanish Gautam’s court sentenced Mukhtar Ansari in the case of obtaining arms licence based on fake signatures of DM/SP. After the hearing and effective prosecution in three cases registered in police station Mohammadabad Ghazipur and one case registered in Kotwali Ghazipur in 1990, separate sentences were given for each of the four charges.

It includes seven years’ imprisonment given under section 420/120 B IPC, life imprisonment under 467/120 B IPC, 7 years under 468/120 B IPC, and a 6-month sentence under Sec 30 of Arms Act. All sentences will run concurrently. In addition to this, a separate fine of a total of Rs. 2,02,000 has been imposed on Mukhtar Ansari. Failure to pay the fine may result in an additional imprisonment of one year to one week.

Notably, owing to the effective lobbying of the Yogi government, Mukhtar Ansari has already been sentenced to life imprisonment in the case of the murder of Awadhesh Rai, elder brother of Congress Party State President Ajay Rai.

Prior to this, in December 2023, the MP/MLA Court of Varanasi had found Mukhtar Ansari guilty of threatening Mahavir Prasad Rungta, a witness in the n murder of 26-year-old coal businessman Nand Kishor Rungta, and had sentenced him to five and a half years of rigorous imprisonment and slapped a fine of Rs. 10,000 against him.

 

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