UP MLA Mukhtar Ansari remanded to 14-day custodial interrogation
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Last Updated: Saturday, May 15, 2010, 19:32
  
New Delhi: A Delhi court on Saturday remanded Uttar Pradesh's independent MLA Mukhtar Ansari to 14 days’ police custody in a MCOCA case for allegedly running an organized crime gang.

Ansari was on Saturday brought here following a production warrant by local court here in connection with the case registered under the stringent provisions of the law.

Additional Sessions Judge Madhu Jain remanded Ansari to custodial interrogation of Delhi Police to enable the investigators to unearth the whole conspiracy relating to running of an alleged organised gang in the national capital.

During the arguments, counsel for Ansari, I U Khan and S A Hashmi, contended there was no ground to invoke Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act against the sitting MLA as he has been in judicial custody in a different case in Uttar Pradesh since August 2005.

They submitted that he had never visited Delhi since then and there was no question of his being involved in any crime whatsoever in the national capital.

"Unless two criminal cases are pending against an accused, MCOCA cannot be invoked," they argued.

The counsels also claimed the Delhi Police has no territorial jurisdiction to slap charges against Ansari under MCOCA.

Special Public Prosecutor B S Kain sought 14 days’ custodial interrogation alleging Ansari was involved in running a crime syndicate along with inter-state gangster Munna Bajrangi and two other accused.

"My brother has been falsely implicated in the case at the instance of another UP-based gangster Brajesh Singh," Ansari's elder brother Afzal Ansari, a former MP, told reporters present outside the court.

Brijesh, who had remained elusive since 1989, was arrested in January 2008 from Orissa's Khurda district by a joint team of Orissa and Delhi Police.

PTI


First Published: Saturday, May 15, 2010, 19:32


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