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Mukhtar Ansari remanded to Delhi Police custody

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Independent MLA from U.P. Mukhtar Ansari
Independent MLA from U.P. Mukhtar Ansari

New Delhi: A court here on Saturday remanded Uttar Pradesh's independent MLA Mukhtar Ansari to 14 days' police custody in a case under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) for allegedly running an organised criminal gang.

Ansari was brought here on Saturday following a production warrant by a local court in connection with the case registered under the stringent provisions of the law.

Additional Sessions Judge Madhu Jain remanded Ansari to custodial interrogation of Delhi Police to enable the investigators to unearth the whole conspiracy relating to running of an alleged organised gang in the Capital.

During the arguments, counsel for Ansari, I. U. Khan and S. A. Hashmi, contended that there was no ground to invoke MCOCA against the sitting MLA as he has been in judicial custody in a different case in Uttar Pradesh since August 2005.They submitted that he had never visited Delhi since then and there was no question of his being involved in any crime whatsoever here.

“Unless two criminal cases are pending against an accused, MCOCA cannot be invoked,” they argued.

They also claimed that the Delhi Police had no territorial jurisdiction to slap charges against Ansari under MCOCA. Special Public Prosecutor B. S. Kain sought 14 days' custodial interrogation alleging that Ansari was involved in running a crime syndicate along with inter-state gangster Munna Bajrangi and two other accused.

“My brother has been falsely implicated in the case at the instance of another UP-based gangster Brajesh Singh,” Ansari's elder brother Afzal Ansari, a former MP, told reporters present outside the court.

Brijesh, who had remained elusive since 1989, was arrested in January 2008 from Orissa's Khurda district by a joint team of Orissa Police and Delhi Police.

Earlier, Uttar Pradesh prison authorities could not produce Ansari, an MLA from Mau who is in Ghazipur jail, in connection with the murder of BJP MLA Krishnanand Rai in 2005, before the court, citing his ill- health. - PTI

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