The Supreme Court on Monday gave permission to the controversial Samajwadi Party MLA from Laxmipur Amarmani Tripathi, who is in Dehradun jail in connection with Madhumita Shukla murder case, to contest assembly election. The SP has again nominated him to contest from this constituency.
The court, while giving permission to Tripathi to contest election, has also directed the CBI to send an officer with him. According to the CBI as per the court instructions Tripathi would not be allowed to talk or meet anybody except his lawyer during his visit to Maharajganj. Tripathi had sought six days permission to visit hometown to file nomination but the court had granted him four days permission from April 18 to 22. He will reach Maharajganj on April 19 to file papers. Thereafter he would be sent back to Dehradun jail. Tripahti had earlier moved district court Dehradun for permission but the application was rejected on March 22. Later the High Court also turned down his application on April 9.
The apex court had transferred the trial of Tripathi and his wife Madhumani Tripathi in the murder case from UP to Dehradun in February last. Tripathi, who was earlier in Gorakhpur jail, was later shifted to Dehradun jail. Madhumani is co-accused in the case.
Amarmani, "the saviour of democracy" as the Samajwadi Party leaders called him at the time of ouster of Mayawati in August 2003, has been languishing in jail for more than three years. The CBI had arrested him in September 2003 and his wife later surrendered in the CBI court here.
Three-time MLA from Laxmipur assembly segment and history-sheeter Tripathi was dismissed from the Rajnath Singh ministry on December 12, 2001 for his involvement in kidnapping of a boy Rahul Gupta from Basti. He was subsequently arrested and jailed. However the murder of Madhumita Shukla on May 9, 2003 sealed his fate. Tripathi was first elected on the Congress ticket in 1996. He joined Loktantrik Congress Party to support Kalyan Singh Government in 1997. In 2002 assembly election Mayawati gave him BSP ticket from Laxmipur and later switched over to SP in 2003.
Tripathi had always been controversial in state for his shady activities. The police records in Gorakhpur, Maharajganj and Deoria districts categorized him as an "A" grade history-sheeter (No 30). Tripathi, a resident of Hapur under Farenda police station in Maharajganj, had allegedly committed 33 crimes, which included murder, attempt to murder, life threat and ransacking of house. These cases were pending in various courts in eastern UP.