Mukhtar Ansari won't campaign in UP polls, Delhi HC refuses parole

Remigio Civitarese
Febbraio 27, 2017

The Delhi High Court on Monday dismissed the parole plea of gangster-turned-politician and Mau MLA Mukhtar Ansari.

"When a person in custody fills up a nomination for candidature, he does not get a vested right to be released for canvassing", the judge said, adding Ansari's release till March 4, from 7am to 8pm, was "akin to a temporary bail".

"If Ansari is allowed to campaign for the elections, he will have to be provided with eight gunners carrying AK-47 rifles".

Justice Mukta Gupta accepted the Election Commission's plea to cancel parole granted to Ansari who is the Bahujan Samaj Party candidate from the Mau Sadar constituency.

This was strongly opposed by the poll panel which had said the release of the accused would have a direct impact on the conduct of free and fair election in the constituency.

Ansari, accused of murdering Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Krishnanand Rai in November 2005, is facing trial before the CBI court in Delhi.

The poll panel said there was a huge deployment of police across the state for the assembly election and it couldn't spare personnel to guard Ansari during campaigning.

"We have material to oppose the parole", Mr. Krishnan had argued.

The Uttar Pradesh government, too, had opposed the relief granted to the MLA by a trial court.

The Election Commission had said that it feared Ansari's release may create law and order problems during elections. The 2005 murder case was transferred from Ghazipur in UP to Delhi by the Supreme Court in 2013 on a plea filed by Alka Rai, the wife of Krishnanand Rai. Ansari, who is at present lodged in Lucknow jail, has over 40 criminal cases against him, including that of murder and kidnapping.

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