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Amarmani to face CBI again

New delhi: Former Uttar Pradesh minister Amarmani Tripathi will be questioned by the CBI for the second time in the Madhumita Shukla murder case, reports our correspondent.

One of the prime suspects in the murder of the poet, Tripathi was asked to report to the CBI headquarters in the capital on Wednesday. Sources said he would be questioned on Thursday on fresh developments in the case.

The CBI had already taken Tripathi’s statement and questioned him after finding Madhumita’s personal diary, in which the poet alleged that the former minister was pressurising her to get their child aborted.

Tripathi is believed to have accepted that he had a relationship with Madhumita, who was killed at her Paper Mill Colony residence on May 9, but denied any involvement in the murder.

Sources said Tripathi was in constant touch with Madhumita even on the day of her murder. The last call he made to the poet was around 12 noon. About four hours later, she was shot dead by two unknown assailants.

The assailants, one of whom had introduced himself as Satya Prakash, were allegedly carrying a chit that had “Madhumita Shukla (kavitri), Paper Mill Colony” and her two mobile numbers scribbled on it. They had given the chit to Madhumita’s servant Deshraj, who had passed it on to her. CBI sources said the assailants were known to Madhumita, otherwise she would not have invited them inside.

However, the killers continue to dodge the CBI. Officials said that without the arrest of the assailants, it would be difficult to nail the prime suspect.

The CBI will soon question Tripathi’s wife, Madhumani.

SC seeks details on Pak inmates

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Centre to submit within a week records pertaining to Pakistani prisoners lodged in various jails across the country, reports our legal correspondent.

A division bench of Justices Ruma Pal and P. Venkatarama Reddi found “inadequate” the information supplied by the Union government on the status of nine Pakistani prisoners who had allegedly served their term in a Jammu jail.

The judges also found that the Union home ministry records produced by the government did not have the names of nine Pakistani prisoners who had allegedly served out their term in a Rajasthan jail.

Additional solicitor-general Altaf Ahmad told the court that Indian prisoners in Pakistani jails should be secured in exchange for the Pakistani prisoners, for which the modalities are to be worked out.

Rail pass for Bismillah

New delhi: Following media reports on the plight of Shehnai maestro Ustad Bismillah Khan, railway minister Nitish Kumar called on him on Wednesday and presented a lifetime first class air-conditioned card pass with a companion or escort, reports our special correspondent.

Kumar, who visited the modest hotel in old Delhi where the maestro is staying, said the pass was an honour conferred upon Bismillah from the railways.

33 kids in hospital

Mumbai (PTI): Thirty-three children were hospitalised here for suspected food poisoning after consuming sweets on Raksha Bandhan Day. Police have arrested three persons, including the owner of the Purohit sweet mart from where the sweets were bought.

Harmony meet

Chennai: A four-day meet on peace and harmony that will bring together people of different facets from over 190 countries to mark the 50th birthday of Mata Amritanandamayi Devi will be inaugurated by deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani on September 24 at the Kochi international stadium in Kerala, reports our special correspondent. President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and Vice-President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat will participate in the meet, Brahmachari Abhayamrita Chaitanya of the Mata Amritanandamayi Math said.

Crash DNA tests

Jammu (PTI): The army has decided to go in for DNA testing of the recovered skeletal remains of 98 soldiers killed in a 1968 plane crash on the south Dakka glacier in Lahaul-Spiti in Himachal Pradesh, defence sources said. A search operation was launched after a team of trekkers spotted and recovered the body of Beli Ram, a soldier on board, along with various documents in his pocket.

Shilpa mother bail

Surat (PTI): Police on Wednesday submitted in a court all papers pertaining to the interrogations of Sunanda Shetty, mother of actress Shilpa Shetty and prime accused in an alleged extortion case. The court of chief judicial magistrate will fix the date for hearing Sunanda’s regular bail plea after referring to the case record on Thursday.


Well-known cartoonist, novelist and short-story writer .V. Vijayan’s nearly 100 cartoon caricatures lampooning the politicians and the society will be on display at a three-day exhibition at the Lalit Kala Academy in Kochi from August 15.

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