New Delhi: Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the CBI to investigate the alleged kidnap and torture of a businessman by former MP and gangster Atiq Ahmed and his aides.

An SC bench, headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi, also transferred Ahmed, who is currently lodged in a UP jail, to a Gujarat jail.

Earlier this month, the UP government had admitted before the apex court that Ahmed had orchestrated the abduction of businessman Mohit Jaiswal in December last year and got him beaten up in his cell in Deoria jail.

The state government also said that Ahmed was shifted to Bareilly district jail then as a probe revealed that jail authorities had been instrumental in allowing Ahmed’s goons inside.

According to a daily, Ahmed has 109 cases against him including 17  for murder, 12 under UP Gangsters Act, eight under Arms Act and four under UP Goondas Act.

The inquiry report also said that Ahmed and his gang had been trying to extort from Jaiswal and assaulted him when he did not give in. “During interrogation, jail staff and prisoners denied the assault but a joint team found that some CCTV cameras inside the jail premises were tampered with and persons meeting with Ahmed had been granted relaxation in violation of rules,” a daily quoted the report as saying.

Ahmed was an MLA from 1989 to 2004 and a Samajwadi Party MP from 2004 to 2009.