The Supreme Court will hear on Friday the plea of the wife of gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari seeking directions to the Uttar Pradesh authorities to ensure that her husband’s life is “protected” in the state besides being accorded fair trial in cases against him.
A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan and R Subhash Reddy, as per the apex court’s website, would hear on April 9 the plea of Afshan Ansari, who has also expressed apprehension about possible attempts to eliminate her spouse in Uttar Pradesh.
Uttar Pradesh Police on Tuesday got Ansari’s custody from its Punjab counterpart as per the direction of the apex court. He is accused of heinous crimes in several cases lodged against him in Uttar Pradesh.
The plea in the apex court has alleged that there is a “genuine, persistent and grave threat” to Ansari’s life in Uttar Pradesh and there are “very high chances” that he will be eliminated if adequate protection or safeguards towards his life are not directed by the apex court.
The plea said several attempts had been made on his life in the past by political rivals.
It sought direction that transit of her husband from one jail to another as also to the court be video-graphed at all times and be carried out in the presence of officers of central police force such as CRPF.
The top court had on March 26 directed the Punjab government to hand over the custody of Ansari, who was lodged in Ropar jail there since January 2019 in connection with an alleged extortion case, to Uttar Pradesh Police.
The fresh plea has sought directions to the Uttar Pradesh authorities to provide adequate safeguards and protection to her husband while he is shifted to district jail Banda in Uttar Pradesh from Punjab.
She has also sought directions to the authorities to provide protection to Ansari, an MLA from Mau constituency, while he is lodged in Banda jail or any other jail as may be decided by the special judge (MP/MLA court) in Allahabad and also while he is produced before the courts in Uttar Pradesh.
The plea has sought directions to the authorities to ensure that the life of Ansari is protected and his rights under Article 21 of the Constitution are safeguarded while attending trial in all cases against him in Uttar Pradesh.
“The threat to the life of the petitioner’s husband (Ansari) is not merely an apprehension, but has also been substantiated in the past by several attempts made on his life by political rivals,” it claimed.
“There is a hanging threat to the life of the petitioner’s husband and there are very high chances that he will be eliminated if adequate protection or safeguards towards his life are not directed by this court,” it said