The MP-MLA court of Ghazipur, Uttar Pradesh has rescheduled the date for order on cases against Mukhtar Ansari to April 29, 2023. In this order the court is going to award the punishment to Mukhtar as well as his brother Afzal Ansari under Gangster Act.
According to the Additional District Government Counsel (Criminal) Ghazipur, Niraj Shrivastava the date for the court order was postponed as the court’s presiding officer was not present on April 15, 2023. He said that on April 1, 2023, when the court withheld its decision, the trial in the case was completed.
Both Mukhtar and his brother Afzal Ansari are booked under the Gangster Act (2007). Mukhtar was charged for his role in the abduction of Nand Kishore Rungta who was a coal industrialist and an member of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and along with the murder of the BJP legislator Krishnanand Rai in 2005.
After being listed on the gang chart created in response to the murder of Krishnanand Rai, Mukhtar’s brother Afzal Ansari was also booked in this very case.
Krishnanand Rai was an MLA from Muhammadabad and was close to Manoj Sinha, who was a minister for five years in a Union Government from 2014-2019. Afzal Ansari defeated Manoj Sinha to become the MP of Ghazipur.
The killing of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Krishnanand Rai in November 2005 was one of the most sensational political murders in the history. Krishnanand Rai was killed along with six of his other companions in the mayhem.
Unfazed by the regime, the killers fired a total of 400 bullets. After the post-mortem, 67 bullets were discovered and extracted from the bodies of the deceased.
Earlier on April 14, the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad high court rejected anticipatory bail application of Umar Ansari, the son of gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari in a case related with enemy property. The court passed the order on April 13. In this case, an FIR was lodged at Hazratganj police station here in August 2020.
The bench also dismissed a plea of Mukhtar’s other son Abbas Ansari, who is an MLA from Mau (Sadar), seeking quashing of chargesheet in the same case. The case is related with the enemy property in Jiamau area in the state capital which Mukhar Ansari and his two sons had fraudulently acquired.
The land belonged to one Mohammad Waseem, who migrated to Pakistan after the Partition of India. Thereafter, this property was registered as an enemy property in records of the state government. The court observed that despite being aware of the fact that it was an enemy property, Mukhtar Ansari and his sons used their influence and resorted to fraudulent means to get the property registered in their names.