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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Cash-crunched SpiceJet yet to use 7,400 seats alloted for Qatar operations

  • Tushar Srivastava, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Jun 19, 2014 01:12 IST

Kalanithi Maran-promoted SpiceJet, which was allotted 7,420 weekly seats for operations to Qatar on March 4 this year has not yet launched a single flight on the route from either of the five cities – Chandigarh, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Delhi and Trivandrum – it got the rights from.

The airline did not offer comments for the story. SpiceJet, which posted its highest ever net loss of Rs 1,003.24 crore for the year ended March, has said that it is in advanced stages of talks for capital infusion with an investor but denied reports that it was selling some of its overseas parking slots to Qatar Airways.

“I don’t expect SpiceJet to operate six daily flights to Doha given their challenges unless there is a specific understanding with Qatar Airways,” said Kapil Kaul, South Asia CEO of aviation consultancy firm Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation. “SpiceJet is heading for another loss in the first quarter of 2014-15. This year is most critical for the future of SpiceJet,” Kaul added.

 

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