SC allows plea by Uttar Pradesh to transfer Mukhtar Ansari from Punjab to UP

Sushree Mohanty

The Supreme Court has conceded to the transfer plea recorded by State of Uttar Pradesh (UP) looking for transferring the Uttar Pradesh Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA), Mukhtar Ansari from Ropar prison in Punjab to Banda prison in Uttar Pradesh.
A division bench comprising of judges Justice Ashok Bhushan and R Subhash Reddy notified the concerned authorities that Ansari should be transferred to the Uttar Pradesh in fourteen days and shall be held up in Banda prison.

The Court was hearing two transfer pleas, one documented by the Uttar Pradesh government requesting to transfer Ansari, a Bahujan Samaj Party MLA from Mau constituency, from Punjab to UP and another by Ansari himself, who looked for transferring the lodged cases against him Delhi. However, the bench dismissed the plea filed by Ansari.

Ansari was charged for blackmailing and extortion under Section 386 of Indian Penal Code and criminal intimidation under Section 506 of the Code on the basis of a First Information Report (FIR) documented by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Homeland Group which deals with land business in Punjab and Delhi National Capital Region. In his plaint, the Executive Officer alleged that on January 9, 2019 evening he addressed a call from an individual who presented himself as “some Ansari from Uttar Pradesh” and threatened him to paya n amount of Rs 10 Crores if he wanted to guarantee the security of his family.

The complainant additionally said that he had recorded the call. The police documented a complaint against Ansari and registered his location as Banda, Uttar Pradesh. The Punjab Police detained Ansari on the basis of a warrant and he has been held up in the
Ropar prison from that point forward.

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