CBI Raids Former SP Leader Atiq Ahmed’s Residence in Prayagraj

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) conducted a search at the Prayagraj residence of Uttar Pradesh leader and former Samajwadi Party MP Aitq Ahmed on Wednesday, 17 July, who is currently in jail, ANI reported.

Beginning early morning, the raid is being conducted under tight security with Personnel from police and Rapid Action Force (RAF) present outside Ahmed’s house.

"“CBI teams from Lucknow and Delhi are raiding the residence. They have sealed the house and no one is being allowed to get inside. I cannot say why the raid is being conducted as I am not being allowed inside the house. The raid started around 7:30 am.”" - Shaulat Hanif, Ahmed’s lawyer to ANI

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A case was registered against Ahmed and 17 others by the CBI in June on charges of abduction and assault of Mohit Jaiswal, a real estate dealer, who was allegedly then forced to transfer his business to Ahmed and other accused.

According to the allegations, Jaiswal was abducted in December 2018 from Lucknow and was taken to Prayagraj's Naini Central Jail where Ahmed was lodged. He was then allegedly assaulted by him and his aides, ANI reported.

Ahmed was transferred to Ahmedabad prison from Naini jail in June on orders of a Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi.

Earlier his plea seeking parole for contesting in the Lok Sabha polls against Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Varanasi was rejected. He had contested from Phulpur parliamentary constituency in 2014.

(With inputs from ANI)

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