Former UP minister Amarmani shifted to Varanasi Central Jail

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Varanasi, Nov 15 (UNI) Former Uttar Pradesh minister Amarmani Tripathi -- serving life imprisonment in the Madhumita murder case -- has been transferred to the Varanasi Central Jail.

Jail Superintendent Suresh Chandra here today said the Lakhimpur Kheri MP was shifted on direction of District Magistrate Veena.

Amarmani had yesterday appeared before the Maharajganj Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Court in connection with the four other cases registered against him.

His advocate Ajit Kumar Srivastava had submitted an application before the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Radhey Shyam seeking Amarmani's transfer from Roshanabad district prison in Uttarakhand to Gorakhpur district jail, following the ''hardships being faced while commuting.'' Ordering him to be sent under 14 days judicial custody, the court had fixed November 27 as next hearing of the case.

Meanwhile owing to the security reasons, Gorakhpur acting DM Ram Murti Ram had given a green signal to Amarmani's transfer to the Varanasi Jail on request of Gorakhpur district prison guard.

Madhumita, Shukla, a poetess, was found dead at her Lucknow flat on May 9, 2003. She was killed at the behest of Madhumani, who was opposed to Madhumita's alleged affair with her husband.

Amarmani, his wife Madhumani, nephew Rohit Chaturvedi and an acquaintance Santosh Rai had been handed down life terms by a special court in Dehradun for the murder of the 26-year-old poetess.

The court also imposed a penalty of Rs 50,000 on them.

A post-mortem examination report had revealed that Madhumita was pregnant at the time of death. The murder case had hit the headlines, as Amarmani was a powerful and influential politician in the state.

Amarmani began his career as a bodyguard of one of UP's underworld dons and later took to politics and became a minister in successive regimes.

He had a number of criminal cases pending against him even, when he was first made minister in the 1990s. He had also amassed huge properties along the Indo-Nepal border in Maharajganj district.

While he entered politics as a Congressman, he switched sides at the drop of the hat.

From Congress, he broke away to join the Loktantrik Congress Party and become minister in a coalition with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Subsequently, he joined the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), but managed to get a Samajwadi Party (SP) ticket, when BSP Supremo Mayawati decided to dump him over his involvement in Madhumita's murder.


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