SC asks UP govt to file report on kidnapping incident

SC asks UP govt to file report on kidnapping incident

The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Uttar Pradesh government to file a status report after taking note of an incident of former MP Atiq Ahmed's henchmen reportedly kidnapping a businessman and taking him to a jail in Uttar Pradesh to assault and force him to transfer his business in his son's name.

A bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao and S K Kaul asked the state government to file a status report within a week.

The top court was hearing a PIL filed by lawyer and BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay seeking a life ban on politicians convicted in criminal cases besides the setting up of special courts to expeditiously try cases involving elected representatives.

The Uttar Pradesh administration recently raided the Deoria jail where Ahmed was lodged after real estate dealer Mohit Jaiswal filed an FIR on December 28 claiming that he was kidnapped from Lucknow and taken to the prison where he was assaulted by the jailed don and his aides and was forced to transfer his business to them.

Senior advocate Vijay Hansaria, who is assisting the bench as an amicus curiae along with advocate Sneha Kalita, and Upadhyay told the court that there were over 20 heinous cases pending against the former MP and still he had the audacity to kidnap the businessman into the jail.

Lucknow-based realtor Jaiswal claimed that he was tortured and forced to transfer five of his firms in the names of former lawmaker and his jailed son.

The combined assets of the firms were worth Rs 45 crore, the FIR said, adding that Atiq also took away the car of Jaiswal and other belongings before releasing him.

Later, the state government ordered shifting of the former MP to Bareilly district jail.