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Case against Mukhtar Ansari: Warrants out for inspector and retired cop for skipping summons of Agra court

The case against Ansari was filed in March 1999 after a joint team of the Agra district administration and the police recovered a cellphone and a bulletproof jacket allegedly belonging to the gangster from the barracks of Agra Central Jail where he was lodged at the time.

Written by Manish Sahu | Lucknow |
November 22, 2021 4:45:08 am
According to the prosecution, on March 17, 1999, a team of district administration officials and the police conducted a search at the barracks where Ansari was staying.

A local court in Agra has issued warrants against a retired policeman and an inspector for failing to appear before it despite being summoned in connection with a 22-year-old case of cheating and criminal conspiracy against Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MLA Mukthar Ansari.

The case against Ansari was filed in March 1999 after a joint team of the Agra district administration and the police recovered a cellphone and a bulletproof jacket allegedly belonging to the gangster from the barracks of Agra Central Jail where he was lodged at the time. A chargesheet was filed against Ansari after an investigation. Last month, the court framed charges against him. It issued the warrants against the former police official and the inspector on Saturday.

“The court issued summons to two policemen, including the complainant of the case Shiv Shankar Shukla. Shiv Shankar, who was then the station house officer of Jagdishpur police station in Agra, has now retired from police service. The second policeman against whom a warrant is issued is inspector Roopendra Gaur, who was then sub-inspector and posted at Jagdishpur police station,” government counsel Basant Lal Gupta said on Sunday.

Ansari’s lawyer Ravi Arora said Gaur was posted in Agra at present .

According to the prosecution, on March 17, 1999, a team of district administration officials and the police conducted a search at the barracks where Ansari was staying. The gangster had been shifted to the prison over a week before from another jail. They found a cellphone and a bulletproof jacket. The police alleged that Ansari was using the phone to run his gang from the jail.

A case was registered against the gangster and others at the Jagdishpur police station under IPC section 419 (punishment for cheating by personation), 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) at the Jagdishpura station.

Ravi Arora claimed that the cellphone was not seized from his client, and the police investigation revealed that the SIM card had been registered in another person’s name. Though Ansari was charged, no action was taken against prison officials, added the defence lawyer.

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