Poetess Murder: Maya Drops Tainted Minister

Lucknow, May 17: | Updated: May 18 2003, 05:30am hrs
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati on Saturday dropped controversial minister and senior BSP leader Amarmani Tripathi from the cabinet for his alleged role in the murder of poetess Madhumita Shukla. However, the Opposition termed the belated action as an eyewash.

Mayawati said the minister was dropped and would be out of the ministry until the probe into the murder is complete. The Lucknow SSP was also transferred for his alleged mishandling of the probe. She also said the probe into the Madhumita murder case will be conducted by the the CB CID, which has been directed to submit report within 30 days.