The Supreme Court on Friday allowed a transfer petition filed by State of Uttar Pradesh (UP) seeking transfer of UP Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA), Mukhtar Ansari from Ropar jail in Punjab to Banda jail in UP.
A Bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan and R Subhash Reddy directed that Ansari should be handed to UP within two weeks and he shall be lodged in Banda jail.
The Court was seized of two transfer petitions, one filed by UP government seeking transfer of Ansari from Punjab to UP and another by Ansari who has sought a transfer of cases against him to Delhi.
The transfer plea by Ansari was dismissed.
Ansari an MLA from Mau Sadar seat was lodged in a jail in UP as undertrial when the Punjab Police obtained production warrant against him on a complaint of extortion and criminal intimidation and brought him to Punjab.
He was lodged in Ropar jail in Punjab when the UP government moved Supreme Court for his transfer back to UP.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the Uttar Pradesh government, had submitted during the hearing on March 3 that Ansari was “operating his business from Ropar Jail in Punjab.”
Mehta contended that the FIR which led to the arrest of Ansari by Punjab Police did not name Mukhtar Ansari specifically and that Ansari was taken to Punjab after he was handed over by Banda Jail Superintendent without a direction from the magistrate.
The concerned jail officer, Mehta said, has already been placed under suspension.
Further, the State of UP also raised questions on the veracity of health issues cited by Ansari.