INDIA. Uttar Pradesh: Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly member and son of former BSP, MLA don Mukhtar Ansari, Abbas Ansari, was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate on Friday. The federal agency interrogated Ansari for 9 hours at the Prayagraj office of ED.
Abbas was arrested for having connections to the money laundering case. His name came to light post the investigations into the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) case against his father, Mukhtar Ansari.
This year Abbas Ansari won from Mau in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly election on the ticket of the Om Prakash Rajbhar-led Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party, an ally of the Samajwadi Party.
However, before this, he was involved in various cases. In August 2022, Abbas was declared absconded by the MP-MLA court in an arms license case.
In another case, he was booked by UP police for delivering hate speech during the assembly elections in the state.
He even skipped summons on multiple occasions. But, eventually, the politically strong Ansari surrendered himself to the jurisdiction on October 21.
Meanwhile, Mohammad Farooq, the lawyer of Abbas Ansari, stated the interrogation, which happened yesterday. He said, “Abbas Ansari was called by the ED for the second time today, and he came around 2 pm. The questioning lasted till 11 pm, when he was arrested and taken to some unknown place. Can’t tell why they have been arrested and taken away.”
Moreover, Don Mukhtar Ansari’s wife, Afsa Ansari, MLA son, Abbas Ansari, and brother-in-law are declared renegades by police.
Not only that, Mukhtar Ansari himself is facing more than 50 criminal charges across the country, having spent years in prisons in Ropar, Ghazipur, Mau, Agra, and Lucknow in connection with extortion allegations.
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