Lucknow, Nov. 21: The Central Bureau of Investigation has tightened the screws on former Uttar Pradesh minister Amarmani Tripathi by lodging a formal protest with the state government against his “unauthorised visit” to the chief minister’s secretariat last week.
The CBI move puts the Mulayam Singh Yadav government in a spot as the bureau’s petition in Allahabad High Court against a Lucknow magistrate’s order allowing Amarmani to attend the current Assembly session comes for hearing tomorrow.
The bureau has alleged that state government officials were giving Amarmani — in jail for the murder of Madhumita Shukla — extraordinary freedom in and out of jail, enabling him to influence the probe. The CBI has protested against his use of cellphones in the jail.
The CBI’s has now alleged that though the court had allowed Amarmani to attend the Assembly only, he was taken to the secretariat annexe in a government car with a red flasher and allowed to stay there for two hours.
Uttar Pradesh chief secretary A.P. Singh admitted having received the missive.