A city court on Friday granted the Uttar Pradesh police the transit remand of controversial MP Atiq Ahmed for his production in an Allahabad court within two days in connection with the Raju Pal murder case.
Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sanjeev Jain handed over the custody of the expelled Samajwadi Party MP to UP police but due to security reasons sent him to the Tihar Jail in New Delhi.
"Keeping in view security concerns of the accused, he is sent do Tihar Jail with a direction to the Jail Superintendent concerned and DCP 3rd Battalion, Delhi Police to produce him before the Allahabad Court," the court said.
Earlier, Additional Public Prosecutor Rajeev Mohan said Ahmed, sitting MP from Phoolpur in Allahabad, was wanted in nine criminal cases in Uttar Pradesh.
He also submitted the applications for the transit remand and formal arrest on behalf of the UP police.
Manoj Goel, counsel for the accused, expressed serious concerns over the security of the legislator in case he was allowed to be taken to Allahabad, citing political rivalry between him and the Chief Minister Mayawati.
Ahmed was nabbed by the Special Cell of Delhi Police from an apartment in Peetampura in north-west Delhi on Thursday evening.
The MP, who represented Allahabad City West constituency five times, was allegedly involved in the sensational murder case of the BSP MLA Raju Pal in 2005. He was carrying a reward of Rs 20,000 on his head.