Former UP minister Amarmani Tripathi and his wife Madhumani Tripathi,serving life term after being convicted of murdering poetess Madhumita Shukla,have sent a mercy petition to Governor B L Joshi seeking pardon on the grounds of failing health and their responsibilities towards their family,including two daughters and one son who are unmarried.
Sent through the superintendent of Gorakhpur district jail,where the couple is lodged,the petition is presently pending at the office of the district magistrate for examination.
Both Amarmani and Madhumani are at present admitted to B R Medical College at Gorakhpur for treatment. While Amarmani was admitted to the hospital in February after he complained of back pain,his wife has been there since April last year for treatment of psychiatric problems.
On Wednesday,Madhumitas younger sister Nidhi Shukla filed a petition with the office of the Governor,requesting him to reject the couples petition. She said that Amarmani had a long criminal history and her familys life would be in danger if he came out of the jail.
I requested the Governor that for the last 11 years we have been fighting the case and have got justice. I also mentioned that the ruling party is helping Amarmani,who is planning to kill us. I requested him to reject Amarmanis mercy petition and uphold justice, said Nidhi Shukla.
The Samajwadi Party had given the ticket to Tripathis son Amanmani Tripathi from Nautanva during the last assembly elections,but he lost.
Earlier,on May 8,2003,two assailants had shot dead 26-year-old Madhumita,a Hindi poet,at her residence in Lucknow. Later,her sister Nidhi claimed that Madhumita was in a relationship with Amarmani,a minister in the Mayawati-led BSP government,and he had got her killed.
Mayawati expelled him from the party and referred the case to the CBI,which arrested Amarmani,his wife and other accused. Following a petition by Nidhi Shukla,the trial of the case was transferred to Uttarakhand by the Supreme Court.
In 2007,the CBI court convicted Amarmani,Madhumani,and two others,including Amarmanis nephew Rohit Chaturvedi,for hatching a conspiracy and killing Madhumita. In July 2012,the Uttarakhand High Court upheld the life term awarded by the CBI court to all the four. The court also awarded life imprisonment to Prakash Pandey,another associate of Tripathi who was earlier let off by the court in Dehradun for want of evidence.
Later,Amarmani had moved a Special Leave Petition in the Supreme Court,which was rejected in July. Nidhi Shukla said Amarmanis review petition had also been rejected by the Supreme Court.