Punjab Asks UP Government To Take Custody Of Mukhtar Ansari By April 8
The Supreme Court has set aside the Punjab government’s plea for Mukhtar Ansari’s custody. Following this, the home department of Punjab has asked the UP government to take charge of Ansari’s custody by April 8.
The row over gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari’s transfer of custody has been into headlines for a while. And now Punjab’s Home Department has asked the Uttar Pradesh Government to take in charge of Ansari’s custody from Rupnagar jail by April 8. Amidst this, Mukhtar’s brother Afzal has expressed his concern over the former’s safety. He also stated that his brother’s security is now the responsibility of the judiciary and the Yogi Adityanath government.
There has been a long rift between these two states over the custody of Mukhtar Ansari. Earlier, the Punjab government had filed a plea to allow the gangster’s stay at the Rupnagar jail on medical grounds. However, the Supreme Court has now refused the Punjab government’s request, sorting the issues between these two states. After which the Punjab government wrote a letter to the Uttar Pradesh Additional Chief Secretary, asking for taking the charge of Mukhtar’s custody.
In the letter, the authorities of the Punjab Home Department cited to make suitable arrangements for the transfer of Mukhtar Ansari. The letter stated, “The handover of Mukhtar Ansari is to be made at district jail Rupnagar on/before April 8.” Also, the letter highlighted Ansari’s medical conditions which need to be taken into consideration while his custody with the UP government.
Afzal Ansari, Ghazipur’s Lok Sabha MP stated that the security of his brother is now the responsibility of the UP Government and the Judiciary. He added that the court should monitor the safety facilities and medical treatment provided to Mukhtar.
For those unversed, Mukhtar Ansari is wanted in several cases in Uttar Pradesh. However, in 2019 he was arrested by Punjab police in connection with an alleged extortion case. And since then the two states have been at loggerheads concerning his custody.
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