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Amarmani Tripathi is a politician and erstwhile cabinet Minister in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Tripathi has been associated with several parties, most recently the Samajwadi Party under Mulayam Singh Yadav in Uttar Pradesh, India. He was arrested in September 2003 in connection with the murder of poetess Madhumita Shukla, with whom he allegedly had an affair, and who was brutally murdered on May 9, 2003. After investigations revealed that she was carrying a foetus that matched the DNA of Amarmani[1], the Supreme Court of India rejected his bail plea, and he is currently in jail.

Tripathi is one among many criminal-politicians in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

Criminal career

Tripathi was a member of the gang of Hari Shankar Tiwari, a criminal politician from the Loktantrik Congress. Before entering politics, Tripathi was listed as a "Category A history-sheeter" (having a long record of offences) with 33 criminal cases pending against him, including five relating to murder[2].

After joining politics, Tripathi was instrumental in several large shifts of allegiance involving dozens of MPs, thus influencing the formation of several governments in Uttar Pradesh. He has been a member of the Indian National Congress, Bahujan Samaj Party, and the Bharatiya Janata Party. He was Minister of State for Institutional Finance in the Rajnath Singh-led BJP government in 2001, but was dismissed in December that year, after the kidnappers of Rahul Madesia, the 15-year-old son of a businessman in Basti in eastern Uttar Pradesh, told the police that Tripathi had provided them the bungalow in Lucknow from where they were arrested.

Madhumita Shukla murder

On May 9, 2003, Madhumita Shukla, a budding poetess and allegedly the lover of Amarmani, was gunned down from close range in her two-room apartment in Lucknow's Paper Mill Colony. Phone calls relating to the murder were traced to his wife Madhumani in Gorakhpur[1], who has also been implicated in the murder. This case was being taken care by the CB - CID which was being headed by the then Director Genegral named Mr.Mahendra Lalka IPS from 1967 batch. The Chief Miniter - Mayawati did suspend him but Mr. Mahendra Lalka was reinstated within 45 days of his suspension as the decision by the Chief Minister was not right and she realized her mistake and Mr. Mahendra Lalka was reinstated. Mr. Mahendra Lalka has a great reputaion among the IPS, IAS lobby, he is known for his upright and straight forwardness.

Amarmani was arrested on September 21, 2003. Various attempts at getting bail have been turned down, especially based on the DNA evidence of a relationship which he had initially denied.

He was granted bail by the Allahabad High Court, Lucknow Bench, Lucknow vide Order dated April 8, 2004. The CBI challenged this in the Supreme Court. On September 26, 2005, the Supreme Court set aside the Order dated April 8, 2004 of the Allahabad High Court, Lucknow Bench, Lucknow, and cancelled his bail. [3]

Subsequent to his arrest, he, along with his wife Madhumani, are lodged in Gorakhpur jail, where they are said to be leading a carefree life. [4]

In the U.P. Assembly Elections, 2007, Amarmani won as an Independent candidate, despite being in Gorakhpur Jail, where his case might take a long time to come to trial. He won the Lakshmipur Constituency seat in Mahrajganj District, defeating nearest rival Kaushal Kishore of the Rashtriya Janata Dal by a margin of nearly 20 thousand votes (12%)[5]

A special court in Dehradun chaired by His Honour VB Rai convicted former UP minister Amarmani Tripathi, his wife Madhumani Tripathi, his first cousin Rohit Chaturvedi and his associate Santosh Rai in the Madhumita Shukla murder case on October 24th 2007.

The court has sentenced Amarmani, his wife Madhumani and two other accused to life imprisonment. 79 witnesses have appeared in the case, which was transferred to the Court of District and Sessions Judge V B Rai from Lucknow on the orders of the Supreme Court, earlier this year.

The CBI had arrested five people, including Amarmani and Madhumani, in connection with the case.

The trial in the case began in March following apprehensions expressed by Madhumita's family that Amarmani and Madhumani may try to block a free and fair trial in their home state.

Madhumita was found murdered at her Lucknow flat on May 9, 2003. She was allegedly murdered at the behest of Madhumani, who was opposed to Madhumita's affair with her husband.

Later, a post-mortem report revealed that Madhumita was pregnant at the time of her murder. Her sister Nidhi and servant Desraj are the key witnesses in the case.

References

  1. ^ a b Amarmani's DNA matches Madhumita's foetus, Rediff.com September 04, 2003
  2. ^ Purnima S. Tripathi (October 11 - 24, 2003). "L'affaire Amarmani". Frontline (magazine), Volume 20, Issue 21. http://www.hinduonnet.com/fline/fl2021/stories/20031024003203200.htm. Retrieved 2007-05-12.  
  3. ^ http://judis.nic.in/supremecourt/imgs.aspx
  4. ^ [http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/5922_1917874,0015002500000000.htm Jailhouse rock for Yogi & Co. Host Amarmani, Hindustan Times, February 1, 2007]
  5. ^ Election Commission website for Lakshmipur Constituency.

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