New Delhi: A Delhi court on Monday granted
custody parole till February 9 to mafia don-turned-politician
Mukhtar Ansari for campaigning in coming Uttar Pradesh
Assembly elections in which he is a candidate.
"The applicant is contesting the election from Mau
constituency and Gosi constituency scheduled to be held on
February 11. The applicant as stated is also the sitting MLA
of Mau constituency, UP. Since the applicant has been found
eligible to contest the election from Mau constituency and Gosi
constituency, he is accordingly granted the custody parole
from January 31 to February 9," Additional Sessions Judge
Savita Rao said.
The court, while directing proper security for Ansari
during the campaigning, also directed him to bear all the
expenses incurred for his security.
"The applicant shall not misutilise this period of
custody parole to threaten the witnesses of the case or try to
tamper with the evidence," the court said.
Ansari is lodged in Agra jail for his alleged role in the
2005 murder of BJP MLA Krishnanand Rai.
He is facing trial along with alleged gangster Munna
Bajrangi and his associates Miraz Ahmed and Iftikar Ahmad in a
case under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised