Indrani Mukerjea, prime accused in the murder of her firstborn child Sheena Bora, briefly fainted in court on Sunday while younger daughter Vidhie wept as the magistrate allowed them to meet on the court premises.

    Besides allowing the emotional meeting, the court extended till September 5 the police custody of INX media co-founder Indrani and her two accomplices — Kolkata-based former husband Sanjeev Khanna and driver Shyam Rai — who were arrested this August for the gruesome murder of Sheena three years ago.

    Police pressed against Indrani the additional charge of attempting to kill Sheena’s sibling, Guwahati-based Mikhail Bora, following his allegation that their mother gave him a spiked drink on the day of the murder.

    Indrani, the wife of former media baron Peter Mukerjea, briefly fainted in the Bandra courtroom as the public prosecutor argued that their custody be further extended.

    The public prosecutor said investigators suspect the involvement of some others outside Maharashtra in the 2012 murder and so more interrogation of the accused trio was required.

    Read: Attempt to kill Mikhail added to charges in Sheena murder case

    Police still chased the motive behind Sheena’s murder and were trying to ascertain where the accused dumped the 24-year-old victim’s clothes, mobile phone and other belongings after the killing.

    Khanna’s lawyer argued that police were only awaiting the reports of the forensic tests and there was no need to extend his police custody. He could be sent to judicial custody instead.

    Indrani’s lawyers that alleged police were using pressure tactics such as manhandling her in custody to force a confession from her.

    Her lawyers wondered if there was anything more to ask since she had been interrogated for around 90 hours following her arrest on August 25. But investigators have contended that she and the other two accused have clammed up and not cooperating with the investigation.

    Indrani is accused of strangling Sheena in a car with the help of Khanna and the driver. Her body was later set on fire and buried in a forest in Raigad district on April 24, 2012.

    Police have found some of the skeletal remains after the driver, who was arrested on August 21 for keeping an unlicenced firearm, took officers to the secret burial site.

    (With inputs from agencies)

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Charge of young brigade a great sign for future

  • Sanjay Manjrekar
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  • Updated: Mar 07, 2013 01:05 IST

The greatest news for Indian cricket is that the last win at Hyderabad was shaped by young architects. Yes, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Cheteshwar Pujara, Murali Vijay, Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin, none of whom have played more than 14 Tests, were the chief contributors to that triumph. For a change, the seniors were like parents sitting on the bench, watching the kids play and give Australia another hiding.

Bhuvneshwar, with his ability to use the pitch and not just depend on the ball's shine, fills Indian fans with hope, especially on overseas pitches.

Every time the first wicket falls early, to see Pujara walking in gives a feeling of security. You know, come what may, he will do everything within his means to arrest a slide with his calm temperament and excellent defensive technique. That he plays a few shots off the back foot too, will be his important life line at No 3, when he will be tested in more demanding batting conditions overseas.

If Vijay can tighten his defence to balls that are full and move around the off stump, his attacking play, so also his willingness to stay for hours at the crease is a great sign going forward.

Ashwin's quick work on his bowling, like keeping it simple and not bowling too many fancy balls, while pitching it fuller and outside off so that more balls are hitting the stumps, is a good development. He learnt a very important lesson against England that will stand him in good stead. He needs to thank England for making him a more mature bowler.

Jadeja's greatest achievement as a Test player has been his ability to keep Pragyan Ojha, a specialist spinner, out of the side. If India get a pitch anywhere in the world where they reckon it will spin a bit, Jadeja will exploit it better than Ojha. He can be a nightmare for batsmen all over the world with his accuracy and pace on a helpful surface. It is nice for Indian cricket to have that option.

The writer is a former India batsman (PMG)


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