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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Asif clears fitness test, likely to be picked in Pak CT squad

  • PTI, Karachi
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  • Updated: Aug 20, 2009 21:21 IST

Controversial pacer Mohammad Asif on Thursday cleared a tough fitness test to more or less secure his place in Pakistan's 15-member Champions Trophy squad.

Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif, who supervised the rehabilitation of Asif in the emerging players camp in Karachi, confirmed that the fast bowler had cleared the 'Bleep' test, a multi-stage fitness test.

"The Bleep test is the toughest fitness test and Asif secured points which were more than the minimum required by any player to clear it," Latif said.

Asif, 26, has been training at the emerging players camp since last week on the instructions of the national selectors, who wanted have a fair idea about his match fitness before picking the Champions Trophy squad.

Chief selector Iqbal Qasim-led Pakistan selection panel will meet on Friday to announce the Champions Trophy squad after holding preliminary discussions with national team coach Intikhab Alam in Lahore on Thursday.

All the indications are there that the selectors will take pick Asif, who has not played any competitive cricket since July last year due to disciplinary and doping issues.

Meanwhile, a relatively fit and leaner Asif said he had benefited immensely from the training camp.

The selectors will take a final call on Asif after reviewing the Lati's report on the latest fitness position of the right-arm pacer.

 

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