Mukhtar Ansari sentenced to 7 years in jail for threatening to kill jailor

Lucknow: Mukhtar Ansari has been sentenced to seven years in jail in a 19-year-old case. Ansari, a multiple-time MLA from the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), was accused of abusing a jailor in 2003 and threatening to kill him by pointing a pistol at him. Mukhtar had told jailor SK Awasthi - 'Get out of jail today, I will get you killed.'

It is noteworthy that Mukhtar Ansari was earlier acquitted by the lower court in this entire case. However, later allowing the appeal of the state government, a single bench of Dinesh Kumar Singh in the Allahabad High Court heard the case and gave its verdict on this old case. The court held Mukhtar under sections 253, 504, and 506 of the IPC. The court convicted Mukhtar Ansari under Section 353 and sentenced him to two years in jail and imposed a fine of Rs 10,000. Under Section 504, he was sentenced to two years, and a fine of Rs 2000 was imposed. Under Section 506 of the IPC, Mukhtar was sentenced to 7 years in jail and fined Rs 25,000. According to reports, the sentences received in all these sections will run simultaneously.

In 2003, some people had come to meet Mukhtar Ansari, who was lodged in Lucknow's district jail, when SK Awasthi was posted there. While performing his duty, Awasthi got everyone checked and refused to let them meet Ansari. Ansari was furious at this. He took out his colleague's gun, abused the jailor, pointed a revolver at him and said, 'Get out of jail today, I will get you killed.'

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