Police to appeal against Bajrangi’s acquittal

The Special Cell of the Delhi Police will appeal against a trial court’s order,acquitting UP gangster Munna Bajrangi of making an extortion call to a Delhi-based businessman in 2009.

Written by VijaitaSingh | New Delhi | Published:January 25, 2012 12:56 am

The Special Cell of the Delhi Police will appeal against a trial court’s order,acquitting UP gangster Munna Bajrangi of making an extortion call to a Delhi-based businessman in 2009.

Police said the acquittal will have no effect on the charges registered against Bajrangi,alias Prem Prakash Singh,under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) in 2009. Currently lodged in Tihar Jail,he has filed his nomination papers to contest the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections from Jaunpur constituency.

“We will examine the trial court’s order and appeal in a higher court. He is facing trial in the MCOCA case too,and this acquittal is not likely to have any effect that,” said a police officer.

Police said Bajrangi,who has around 18 cases of murder,attempted murder and extortion registered against him in North India,was arrested by a Special Cell team from Mumbai in 2009.

Bajrangi was acquitted in the 2009 case,wherein he had allegedly tried to extort Rs 1 crore from a businessman. Police said that though he was involved in other similar cases too,no businessman dared report him.

Bajrangi was first arrested by Rajbir Singh,Assistant Commissioner of Police,in 1998. He had jumped bail,following which he was re-arrested in 2009. In 2003,he allegedly murdered Anil Rai,BJP MLA from Ghazipur,and four others in Varanasi. Krishnanand Rai,an MLA from Mohammadabad constituency in Ghazipur district,was allegedly shot dead on November 29,2005.

While acquitting Bajrangi the court said,“What to talk of any visible sign of physical act,there has been no material on record that even a threat,much less threat for extortion,was given to the businessman by any of the accused persons.”

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