Samajwadi Party leader Amanmani Tripathi, son of jailed politician Amarmani Tripathi, was on Saturday sent to three days’ CBI custody by a Delhi court in connection with the alleged murder of his wife. Metropolitan Magistrate Arvind Bansal sent the accused to CBI’s custody after the probe agency claimed that he was required for custodial interrogation to unearth the entire conspiracy behind the crime.
While seeking 10 days’ custody of Aman, the CBI told the court that he was required to be taken to several places. It also said that he was to be confronted with some witnesses in the case. The plea, however, was opposed by the defence counsel, advocate Khalil Ansari, who said that there no fresh evidence was there against his client.
The counsel said that the accused has always joined the probe, whenever he was asked by the agency and there was no need for his being taken into custody. Aman was arrested on Friday for the alleged murder of his 27-year-old wife Sara, who had reportedly died in a car accident in Firozabad on National Highway 2 in July last year. However, Amanmani had escaped unhurt.
Based on a complaint by Sara’s mother Seema Singh an FIR was registered against Amanmani in Firozabad district. Singh had alleged that her daughter, who had married Amanmani at an Arya Samaj temple in Lucknow in July 2013, was murdered. Amanmani’s parents, Amarmani and Madhu Mani, were against the marriage, Singh had said. Amanmani, however, had claimed that Sara died in the road accident when they were on their way to New Delhi for a holiday.
After Singh had demanded that Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav order a CBI investigation into the incident, the matter was referred to the central agency, which took over the probe from UP Police a few days later. Amanmani was recently given ticket by the Samajwadi Party to contest Assembly election in the state.