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Samajwadi Party leader Aman Mani Tripathi, son of jailed politician Amar Mani Tripathi, was today 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 yesterday 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, Aman Mani had escaped unhurt.
Based on a complaint by Sara's mother Seema Singh an FIR was registered against Aman Mani in Firozabad district. Singh had alleged that her daughter, who had married Aman Mani at an Arya Samaj temple in Lucknow in July 2013, was murdered.
Aman Mani's parents, Amar Mani and Madhu Mani, were against the marriage, Singh had said.
Aman Mani, 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.
Aman Mani was recently given ticket by the Samajwadi Party to contest Assembly election in the state.
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