ALL HIS three cell phones kept ringing for an hour from the moment the news about the apex court rejecting the bail plea of jailed MLA Amarmani Tripathi flashed on TV channels on Monday.
Tripathi, who still enjoys VVIP treatment in the quarantine barracks of the Lucknow District Jail, was put behind bars along with his wife Madhumani about 15 months back in the poetess Madhumita Shukla murder case. Madhumita was shot in her flat in Papermill Colony, Nishatganj by a contract killer allegedly at the behest of Amarmani and his wife. The CBI had filed the chargesheet against Tripathi, Madhumani and other co-accused in the case.
Though, the MLA was seen cracking jokes and trying to show that he was not affected by the order, his visitors and associates (in jail) were making all efforts to console the boss.
Sources said Amarmani also received phone calls from ‘powerful officials’ and the MLA was heard saying that he would use all his ‘influence’ in teaching a lesson to the CBI officials concerned and Madhumita’s kin. He was found anxious while referring to the development in the case. Meanwhile, as usual, Amarmani’s visitors did not have to undergo any security check even till late in the evening.
But, none of them was carrying gift-packs today and the reason was very obvious.
It may be recalled that the HT had reported about the luxurious living that Amarmani enjoyed even behind bars and the frequent visits by a high-profile minister in the State Cabinet.
Madhumita sister’s plea to parties
Elated at by the Supreme Court decision, Nidhi Shukla, elder sister of the late Madhumita Shukla, has urged various political parties not to give a ticket to Amarmani for contesting the forthcoming election. Talking to HT, Nidhi said she had moved an application to the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC), urging him to debar Amarmani from contesting the election. She has also requested the SC to order hearing of the Madhumita murder case in a court outside Uttar Pradesh. The application’s listed for hearing on December 15.