SC rejects Atiq Ahmed’s request seeking protection, found guilty in kidnapping case

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court rejected Atiq Ahmed’s petition for protection and asked him to take his complaint to the concerned High Court. Justices Ajay Rastogi and Bela M. Trivedi’s bench rejected Atiq Ahmed’s petition for protection. After Atiq and his brother were found guilty in the kidnapping case, the court will announce 2:00 PM today.

Atiq Ahmed’s lawyer urged the top court to issue some directions for his protection as there is a threat to his life. The court noted that he has been taken to Uttar Pradesh. But the lawyer said the threat to his life continues. The court observed that state machinery will take care of the issue. Atiq Ahmed’s lawyer reiterated his request and said that unless some protection shall be given till he moves to High Court as he only wants to ensure his client’s safety.

Atiq Ahmed has moved Supreme Court seeking direction to the Centre to protect his life and restrain from taking him from central jail Ahmedabad to Prayagraj or any part of the state of UP.

Atiq Ahmed in his plea sought to restrain from taking him from central jail Ahmedabad to Prayagraj or any part of the state of UP apprehending that he may be killed in any fake encounter.

The petitioner has said that he with his entire family have been roped in as accused persons in Dhoomanganj in Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh in the murder case of one Umesh Pal. “Further, the Chief Minister of the State, without any investigation merely based on suspicion, has made a statement on the floor of the State Assembly that the Petitioner will be destroyed and eliminated,” the petitioner said.

In such circumstances, Petitioner Ahmad had said that he is constrained to file the present petition before the Court for the protection of his life as he genuinely apprehends and believes that he may be killed in fake encounters on one pretext or the other by UP police. The petitioner submitted that it is a deep political conspiracy against the petitioner and his family member’s petitioner.

The petitioner sought to direct respondent Govt. of India to ensure the safety and security of the Petitioner and that no physical injury or any other harm is caused to the person of the Petitioner and his family members made accused in the said FIR.
The petitioner had sought to issue appropriate direction restraining the authority from taking the Petitioner from Central Jail, Ahmedabad to Prayagraj or any part of the State of UP and carry out an interrogation of the Petitioner, if any, at Central Jail, Ahmedabad, Gujarat or at any other suitable place at Ahmedabad itself where the Petitioner is presently imprisoned under the protection of Gujarat Police as well as Central forces/ paramilitary forces.

The petitioner has sought to direct the transit of the Petitioner from Ahmedabad to UP under the protection of any central police forces paramilitary force if at all the transit of the Petitioner is necessary to UP.

Ahmad has said that he has no motive to kill Umesh Pal, who was the complainant in a separate case against him because the trial is going to end next month and there was nothing left to be done by Umesh Pal in the trial of that matter.
“It was very well known to the rivals of Petitioner that if anything were to happen to Umesh Pal then Petitioner would certainly be the prime suspect given the pending case against him by Umesh Pal and he will be made an accused. The same has been done,” read the petition.

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