Additional Sessions Judge Chandra Shekhar absolved 57-year old Ansari, an independent legislator from Mau and an accused in the 2005 murder of BJP MLA Krishnanand Rai, his alleged accomplices Prem Prakash alias Munna Bajrangi, Iftekhar Ahmed and Meraz Ahmed of the charges under section 3 (4) of the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) for being a member of an organised crime syndicate.

The court while pronouncing the judgement said the four accused were acquitted due to lack of evidence against them and a weak prosecution case.

A case was lodged against Ansari and three others by the Special Cell of Delhi Police in 2009 under the provisions of MCOCA and they were later arrested. The court had on May 3, 2012 framed charges against the four persons under MCOCA.

Ansari, who was represented by advocate Deepak Sharma, and the other accused had pleaded not guilty and claimed trial.

Bajrangi, currently lodged in Jhansi jail, was also charged for running an organised crime, with the court noting that the offences did not result in any deaths.    Iftikhar and Meraz Ahmed were charged for conspiring or attempting to commit or advocating, abetting and knowingly facilitating the commission of organised crimes by Bajrangi.

Bajrangi was arrested by the Special Cell of Delhi Police in October 2009 for threatening a South Delhi businessman Ashok Tebriwal to extort money.

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