A Ghazipur Court on Saturday convicted former Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) Mukhtar Ansari in a kidnapping and murder case. .The special MP/MLA court pronounced its verdict today and sentenced the ex-lawmaker to 10 years imprisonment and imposed a fine of ₹5 lakh. The trial in the case under the the Uttar Pradesh Gangsters and Anti-Social Activities (Prevention) Act had concluded on April 1. .Ansari was booked for his involvement in the kidnapping of Vishwa Hindu Parishad office-bearer and coal tycoon Nandkishore Rungta in 1996 and the murder of Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Krishnanand Rai in 2005.Mukhtar is currently in Banda jail. .In September last year, the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court had sentenced him to seven years' imprisonment for intimidating a jailer by abusing, pointing a pistol at him and threatening to kill him in 2003.The Court noted that Ansari intimidated the complainant jailer, who was performing a public duty, by abusing him, pointing a revolver/pistol towards him and threatening to kill him..Shortly after that, he was also sentenced to five years' rigorous imprisonment and a ₹50,000 fine under the Gangsters Act in relation to a a First Information Report (FIR) which was lodged against Ansari in 1999 stating that he had a gang which committed heinous offences including murder, extortion, kidnapping and abduction..Government advocate Neeraj Srivastava represented the State.