The controversial Samajwadi Party MLA from Laximpur (Maharajganj) Amarmani Tripathi is in the dock again in Madhumita Shukla murder case.
Today's Supreme Court's order transferring trial of Tripathi and his wife Madhumani Tripathi in the murder case from Lucknow to Dehradun (Uttrakhand) could snatch "five-star" facilities, which he had been enjoying in Gorakhpur jail.
With the power at his side he was running political show from the jail. He had recently hosted a party in jail to imprisoned BJP MP Yogi Aditya Nath.
With the apex court ordering for day-to-day hearing in Dehradun court, his transfer from Gorakhpur to Dehradun jail could not be ruled out.
The CBI, prosecuting agency, was in favour of transfer of case outside the state. Earlier in September 2005 the apex court had cancelled his bail granted by the High court. Since then the couple is in 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, is once again destined to face tribulation of jail.
This is the second case the apex court recently transferred outside the state. Earlier the court had shifted the trial of Food Minister Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhayya and his father Uday Pratap Singh in POTA case from Kanpur to Jabalpur.
The CBI had arrested Amarmani in September 2003 and his wife later surrendered in the CBI court. However both were granted bail.
Three-time MLA from Laxmipur assembly segment in Maharajganj 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 always hogged limelight for bad reasons. Tripathi fond of colourful life had always been controversial in state for his shady activities.
The police records in Gorakhpur, Maharajganj and Deoria districts categorised 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.
Tripathi, who started his political career in the Congress, was elected on Congress ticket in 1996 and later he joined Loktantrik Congress Party to become minister in Kalyan Singh government in 1997.
He was also in eye of storm during his first stint as minister. However political compulsion forced Kalyan Singh and his successors RP Gupta and Rajnath Singh to turned blind eye to his questionable activities. Rajnath Singh was forced to sack him only after the STF confirmed his involvement in kidnapping Rahul Gupta in Lucknow.
In 2002 assembly election Mayawati gave him BSP ticket from Laxmipur. Though he failed to get berth in the ministry at the time of installation of Mayawati government on May 3, 2002, he made it to the government during the first expansion.
In Mayawati's defection game and political crisis, Tripathi had turned out be her "man Friday". Later thrown out of Mayawati camp, he played vital role in installation of Mulayam Singh Yadav government in 2003 and joined SP.