Jailed ‘bahubali’ gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari was on Monday convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment by an MP MLA court in Varanasi in connection with Awadhesh Rai murder case.
Thirty-two years ago, on August 3, 1991, Congress leader and brother of former MLA Ajay Rai, Awadhesh Rai, was shot dead outside Ajay Rai's house in Varanasi. A case in the matter was registered against Mukhtar Ansari and others.
Uttar Pradesh | Varanasi's MP MLA court convicts jailed mafia Mukhtar Ansari in Awadhesh Rai murder case.— ANI (@ANI) June 5, 2023
On August 3, 1991, Congress leader and brother of former MLA Ajay Rai, Awadhesh Rai, was shot dead outside Ajay Rai's house in Varanasi. pic.twitter.com/yQXvkHWT1s
The MP-MLA court's special judge Avanish Gautam awarded life sentence to Ansari in the case, a lawyer told reporters outside the Varanasi court.
Reacting to the development, Ajay Rai reportedly said, "This is the end of our many years of waiting. I, my parents, Awadhesh's daughter and the whole family kept patience... Governments came and went and Mukhtar strengthened himself.
"But we did not give up. Because of our lawyers' efforts, today the court has found Mukhtar guilty in the murder case of my brother," Rai added.
(With PTI inputs)