An ambulance used to ferry gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari to a Mohali courtroom was discovered deserted outdoors a roadside eatery on the Chandigarh-Nangal freeway in Punjab’s Rupnagar district, police mentioned on Sunday.
The police mentioned they’ve taken the car of their custody.
“We have taken the ambulance in our custody,” Rupnagar Deputy Superintendent of Police TS Gill mentioned over the telephone.
The police mentioned they obtained info that the ambulance bearing a registration variety of Uttar Pradesh was mendacity deserted on the roadside.
Ansari, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MLA from Mau who is needed in Uttar Pradesh for varied instances, was ferried within the ambulance from the Rupnagar jail to a Mohali courtroom in reference to a 2019 case of extortion.
Amid tight safety preparations, Ansari was taken to the courtroom on a wheelchair. He was despatched again to the Rupnagar jail, the place he’s lodged since January 2019, within the ambulance after the courtroom look.
A case was registered in Uttar Pradesh’s Barabanki after the paperwork of the ambulance have been discovered to be pretend, the Uttar Pradesh police had mentioned.
The FIR was registered beneath the related sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), together with 420 (forgery), 471 (fraudulently or dishonestly utilizing paperwork as real), 467 (forgery of useful safety) and 468 (forgery for objective of dishonest).
Amid a row over the difficulty, a Punjab police official had clarified that an inmate might be transported in a non-public ambulance on medical grounds and the price of conveyance needs to be borne by the prisoner.
According to the Punjab Prisoners (Attendance in Court) Rules, 1969, police can enable a non-public car on the request of a prisoner, the official had mentioned.
The Supreme Court lately directed the Punjab authorities handy over the custody of Ansari to the Uttar Pradesh police, saying it was being denied on trivial grounds beneath the guise of medical points.
The high courtroom had additionally mentioned a convict or an undertrial prisoner, who disobeys the regulation of the land, can not oppose his switch from one jail to a different and the courts are to not be helpless bystanders when the rule of regulation is being challenged with impunity.
The courtroom had mentioned Mr Ansari’s custody be handed over to the Uttar Pradesh police inside two weeks in order to lodge him within the Banda district jail.
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