Mukhtar Ansari sentenced to 7 years of imprisonment for threatening a jailer
The Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court on Wednesday sentenced Mukhtar Ansari to seven years in prison for threatening a jailer by pointing a pistol at him.
Mukhtar Ansari, a former MLA, was given a seven-year prison term by the Allahabad High Court’s Lucknow division on Wednesday for threatening a jailer and brandishing a gun at him. While allowing the Uttar Pradesh government’s appeal, Justice DK Singh issued the ruling.
The court found him guilty under sections 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of duty), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace), and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Ansari was also fined Rs 37,000.
The former MLA was sentenced to two years of rigorous imprisonment and fined Rs 10,000 for offences under Section 353 and two years and a fine of Rs 2,000 for offences under Section 504. The court also sentenced Ansari to seven years in prison and imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 for offences under Section 506.
The case dates to 2003 when Lucknow district prison jailer SK Awasthi lodged an FIR with Alambagh police alleging that he was threatened for ordering a search of the people who came to meet Ansari.
Awasthi also alleged that Ansari had pointed a pistol at him while abusing him.
A trial court had acquitted Ansari in the case but the government filed an appeal. Ansari is currently lodged in Banda jail.
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