The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed Uttar Pradesh authorities to continue with the security measures to ensure that gangster-politician Mukhtar Ansari, who is currently lodged in Banda jail in the state, is not visited with any “unforeseen situation”.
The apex court, which perused the chart placed before it indicating the security arrangements made for Mukhtar Ansari, observed they appeared to be “formidable enough”.
A bench of Justices Hrishikesh Roy and Prashant Kumar Mishra was hearing a plea filed by Umar Ansari, son of Mukhtar Ansari, raising the issue of safety and security of his father even within the jail premises and also to transfer him to any other prison outside UP.
Additional Solicitor General (ASG) K M Nataraj, appearing for UP, placed before the bench the details about number of cases pending against Mukhtar Ansari at different stages and on the security arrangements. He said details of cases involved those which are at the stage of investigation and also at trial stage.
“They (security arrangements) appear formidable enough. That is our impression,” the bench observed.