Mukhtar Ansari was sentenced after the court allowed an appeal by the Uttar Pradesh government
Lucknow: The Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court on Wednesday sentenced former Uttar Pradesh MLA Mukhtar Ansari to seven years in prison for threatening a jailer and pointing a pistol at him. Justice DK Singh passed the order while allowing an appeal by the Uttar Pradesh government.
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).
Mukhtar Ansari was also fined ₹ 37,000.
The former MLA was sentenced to two years of rigorous imprisonment and fined ₹ 10,000 for offences under Section 353 and two years and a fine of ₹ 2,000 for offences under Section 504. The court also sentenced him to seven years in prison and imposed a fine of ₹ 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 Mukhtar Ansari.
Mr Awasthi also alleged that Mukhtar Ansari had pointed a pistol at him while abusing him.
A trial court had acquitted Mukhtar Ansari in the case but the government filed an appeal. Mukhtar Ansari is currently lodged in Banda jail.
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