Was Mukhtar running his gang from Punjab jail? Opposition parties demand probe

YB WEB DESK. Dated: 4/8/2021 11:33:11 AM

Chandigarh, Apr 7 Opposition parties have demanded a probe into allegations that donturned- MLA Mukhtar Ansari was getting VVIP treatment and running his gang from Punjab’s Rupnagar jail. “Mukhtar Ansari's henchmen had been living in rented houses near Rupnagar jail for the last two years. The gangster was getting VVIP treatment. The government also spent public money on hiring advocates to fight the don's case in the Supreme Court,” BJP national secretary Tarun Chugh said. Senior Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Dr Daljit Cheema demanded that people behind “a deep-rooted conspiracy” to keep Mukhtar Ansari in Rupnagar jail be exposed and punished. There are also allegations that Ansari's wife and a cook were also living in a rented house in Rupnagar. "The Punjab government is in the dock for trying to stall the handover of Mukhtar Ansari. The Uttar Pradesh government was compelled to approach the apex court to get his custody. Was there a criminal conspiracy behind stalling Ansari's handover? If yes, those behind the conspiracy should be exposed," Dr Daljit Cheema said. It was not easy for the UP government to get Ansari's custody. Punjab jail authorities had denied his custody to the UP Police nine times. It was finally given after the intervention of the Supreme Court. The court had observed that the custody was being denied on trivial grounds. Medical grounds such as a slipped-disk problem, high blood sugar levels and depression were not considered as grounds to keep him in Rupnagar jail.


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