Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav said on Tuesday his government would recommend a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the mysterious death of the daughter-in-law of former minister Amarmani Tripathi in a car accident.
The CM gave his consent for a CBI probe after Sara's mother Seema Singh met him at his office earlier in the day. Sara was killed in a road accident on July 9 when the car in which she was travelling overturned in Firozabad district. Her husband Amanmani, who was driving the car, miraculously escaped unhurt.
"Yes, Sara's mother met me this morning. If necessary, the state government will recommend a CBI probe into the issue," Yadav told reporters after a meeting of the state cabinet in Lucknow.
"Justice will be done. We have assured her police protection," he said.
Principal secretary (home) Debashish Panda said the state government had sought a report on the issue.
"The state government is recommending a CBI inquiry to probe the whole issue," he confirmed.
Seema Singh had lodged an FIR against her daughter's husband at the Sirsaganj police station in Firozabad on Friday. She had accused Amanmani of murdering Sara, a 27-year-old law graduate, and passing it off as a road accident.
"I am thankful that the CM gave me time to meet. I hope the investigation will be fair," she said after meeting Yadav.
During her meeting with the CM, Seema mentioned her doubts and raised objections over the accident story narrated by Amanmani. She mentioned point-by-point details and alleged that Amanmani had hatched a conspiracy to murder her daughter.
According to Amanmani, he was driving the car when it fell into a roadside ditch after losing balance to avoid collision with a motorcyclist on July 9. Doubts were raised as Sara suffered multiple injuries and died in the accident while Amanmani was unscathed.
Sara's family has been seeking justice for her since the past one week during which they met the UP governor, Ram Naik, DGP Jag Mohan Yadav and ADG (law and order) Daljeet Chowdhary demanding detailed inquiry by an independent agency.
Amarmani, an influential politician from eastern Uttar Pradesh, is currently serving a life sentence in the Madhumita Shukla murder case. He was arrested in September 2003 in connection with Shukla's death, with whom he allegedly had an affair. Madhumita was murdered on 9 May, 2003.
The autopsy report of Madhumita revealed that she was carrying a foetus that matched the DNA of Amarmani and he and his wife Madhumani Tripathi were sentenced to life imprisonment in October 2007.