VARANASI: The court of additional session judge- (MP-MLA) Durgesh Pandey in Ghazipur on Thursday awarded 10-year rigorous imprisonment and fixed Rs 5 lakh as penalty on jailed mafia don Mukhtar Ansari and his close aide Bhim Singh each in a case of Gangster Act lodged against the duo in 1996.
This is biggest punishment awarded to Mukhtar in any case as before it, he had been awarded seven-year imprisonment by the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad high court for threatening a jailer while same court had sentenced five-year imprisonment and Rs 50,000 as penalty in a case of Gangster Act lodged against him with Hajratganj police station in 1999.
After the court’s decision, additional district government counsel (criminal) Neeraj Kumar Srivastava said, “In case of failing to pay the penalty amount, the period of imprisonment would increase for one year. Time spent in jail by them would be included in the punishment awarded for the duo.”
Mukhtar, who is behind the bars since 2005, had tried to take advantage of glorious background of his family, which produced freedom fighter and personalities like Brigadier Mohd Usman and being MLA for five terms.
ADGC (criminal) said, “Court rejected to give any advantage on these points mentioning that usually crime is committed to meet mental, physical or financial requirements. People should set examples in society through their character, behavior, fame and works. However, Mukhtar Ansari acted differently.”
Following lodging of five criminal cases, including the Rajendra Singh murder case with Cantt police in Varanasi, Vashishth Tiwari alias Mala Guru murder case with Kotwali Ghazipur in 1988, Awadhesh Rai murder case in Chetganj of Varanasi, constable Raghuvansh Singh murder case in Mughalsarai of Chandauli in 1991 and murderous attack on additional superintendent of police and other policemen in Kotwali Ghazipur in 1996 Mukhtar and Bheem were booked under the Gangster Act in 1996.
Initially hearing in this case was taking place in Prayagraj but it was transferred to the court of additional sessions (MP-MLA) court of Ghazipur a few years ago. With the end of hearing in this case on December 12, the court had reserved its decision, which was delivered on Thursday.
Mukhtar, who is under the custody of the Enforcement Directorate, had appeared before the court virtually while Bhim appeared physically and he was taken under custody immediately after they were sentenced.
ADGC (criminal) said that total number of cases in the criminal history of Mukhtar is 54 and this case of Gangster Act was lodged against him in 1996 on the basis of five criminal cases lodged against him and Bhim before it.

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