Ghazipur, Nov 12 (UNI) Jailed Samajwadi Party MP Afzal Ansari was today granted permission by a local court to attend the winter session of Parliament starting on November 15.
Ansari and his younger brother, controversial independent Uttar Pradesh MLA from Mau Mukhtar Ansari are lodged in jail in connection with the BJP MLA Krishnanand Rai murder case.
Afzal Ansari had petitioned the court, through district jail superintendent, for attending the Parliament session in the national capital.
Fast Track Court (I) judge Shaileshwar Nath Singh permitted the MP in this regard.
Ansari would be lodged in Delhi's Tihar jail during the period.
Rai, an MLA from Mohammadabad assembly constituency in Ghazipur district, and his seven supporters were shot dead in broad daylight here on November 29, 2005.
They were ambushed near the Ballia-Ghazipur border by several motorcycle-borne miscreants armed with sophisticated weapons.
Later, an FIR was lodged against 10 persons including Mukhtar, Afzal and notorious east UP gangster Munna Bajrangi in connection with the killing. Afzal surrendered in the court on December 8, 2005.