New Delhi: The Supreme Court docket on Friday directed the Punjab authorities handy over the custody of gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari, who’s lodged in Rupnagar jail there, to Uttar Pradesh Police, saying the custody was being denied on trivial grounds beneath guise of medical points.
The highest court docket mentioned a convict or an undertrial prisoner, who disobeys the legislation of the land, can not oppose his switch from one jail to a different and the courts are to not be a helpless bystander when the rule of legislation is being challenged with impunity.
A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan and RS Reddy mentioned the custody of Mukhtar Ansari, an MLA from Mau constituency, be handed over to Uttar Pradesh inside two weeks in order to lodge him in District Jail, Banda in UP.
The bench mentioned it was open for the particular court docket, constituted for MPs/MLAs at Allahabad, to proceed him both within the District Jail at Banda or shift to some other jail within the state, if any want arises.
There shall be a course to the Superintendent of Jail, District Jail Banda, Uttar Pradesh to increase the mandatory medical services to the third respondent (Ansari). It’s made clear that if any specialty therapy is required to the third respondent, the Jail Superintendent of District Jail, Banda, Uttar Pradesh shall take needed steps to increase such medical care additionally, by following the Jail Guide, it mentioned.
The court docket, which held the UP authorities’s plea to be maintainable, nonetheless, refused to switch a legal case pending in opposition to Mukhtar Ansari in Punjab’s Mohali to UP and mentioned the matter is on the stage of investigation.
On the identical time, in train of energy beneath Article 142 of the Structure of India, we problem instructions, directing the respondent nos. 1 & 2 (Jail Superintendent of Rupnagar and State of Punjab), to handover custody of the third respondent to the State of Uttar Pradesh, inside a interval of two weeks from at this time, in order to lodge him in District Jail, Banda within the State of Uttar Pradesh, the bench mentioned in its 56-page order.
The highest court docket additionally dismissed a plea by Mukhtar Ansari looking for switch of instances lodged in opposition to him in Uttar Pradesh to another place exterior the state.
The highest court docket delivered the decision on the plea of Uttar Pradesh authorities looking for a course to the Punjab authorities and Rupnagar jail authority to right away hand over the custody of Mukhtar Ansari, to the district jail Banda.
The bench famous that Mukhtar Ansari was allegedly concerned in numerous instances of try to homicide, homicide, dishonest and conspiracy aside from offences beneath Gangsters Act, lodged in UP and out of them, 10 instances are on the phases of trial.
The court docket was additionally knowledgeable by the UP authorities that at any time when the state police sought Mukhtar Ansari’s custody, the superintendent of Punjab Jail had refused it on numerous medical grounds.
Through the interval from February 14, 2019 to February 14, 2020, Mukhtar Ansari’s custody was denied to the UP police by the Punjab jail authorities on 26 events primarily on the medical grounds referring to diabetes mellitus, pores and skin allergy, hypertension, backache and throat an infection.
The UP authorities had alleged that the very registration of crime on the file of a police station in Mohali was part of conspiracy on the occasion of Mukhtar Ansari to proceed within the Punjab jail by protracting the trials, that are pending within the particular court docket in UP and to disclaim his presence in numerous different crimes, registered in opposition to him for finishing the investigation.
On this, the bench mentioned, We don’t want to report any discovering on such allegation of conspiracy at this stage, however, on the identical time, we’re glad that the custody is denied to the Police of Uttar Pradesh at each time on trivial grounds beneath guise of medical grounds by mentioning extraordinary illnesses like diabetes mellitus, pores and skin allergy, hypertension, backache, throat an infection, and so on.
Moreover this, the bench mentioned it offers any quantity of suspicion on the conduct of Mukhtar Ansari in not even making use of for grant of default bail, for not submitting cost sheet by the Punjab police inside the statutory interval.
On March 4, the highest court docket was knowledgeable by Punjab authorities that Yogi Adityanath-led authorities has obtained no basic proper to hunt Ansari’s switch from Rupnagar jail to a district jail in Banda in Uttar Pradesh.
Mukhtar Ansari is lodged in district jail Rupnagar in Punjab in reference to an alleged extortion case since January 2019.
He’s additionally accused in a number of instances of heinous crimes lodged in Uttar Pradesh.
The UP authorities has earlier contended that Mukhtar Ansari has been dodging the judicial system and is working his alleged unlawful actions from Rupnagar district jail in Punjab.
Whereas Uttar Pradesh had alleged within the high court docket that there’s collusion between Mukhtar Ansari and Punjab Police, the Amarinder Singh authorities has refuted these claims and raised questions over the maintainability of plea filed by the Yogi Adityanath authorities.
Mukhtar Ansari who has additionally filed petition looking for switch of his instances in UP to exterior the state, had submitted that due to his political affiliation to a celebration in opposition, he’s being focused.
Punjab authorities had mentioned that Mukhtar Ansari has been unwell and central authorities owned PGI Chandigarh has been given him the medical certificates occasionally.
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