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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A job for each flood-hit family in Uttarakhand: CM

  • HT Correspondent, Dehradun
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  • Updated: Jun 18, 2014 08:57 IST

Chief minister Harish Rawat on Monday announced that a member each of the families in the state’s disaster-hit areas would be provided government jobs. Besides, an additional monetary compensation of  Rs 2 lakh each would be paid to all disaster-hit families in the state.

“The amount (2 lakh) to be paid is in addition to the monetary compensation the people in the disaster-hit areas have already been paid,” said Surendra Kumar, the media in-charge for the CM while addressing a press conference in Dehradun on behalf of Rawat. The CM is undergoing treatment for the cervical spine injuries in a Delhi hospital.

“The CM has also directed that all sections of the proposed secretariat building at Gairsain are named after the block headquarters that suffered the maximum damage during the flash floods that hit the state last year,” Kumar said. “The move won’t just help perpetuate the memories of those who were lost to the flash floods. It will also help us focus on reconstruction of the disaster hit areas,” he quoted the chief minister as saying.

“The government never claimed that the dead bodies of all those who were killed in the last year’s rain tragedy had been retrieved from the disaster-hit areas,” Kumar said replying to a query relating to the skeletons of the flood victims being unearthed from the disaster-hit areas.

He, however, clarified that the last rites of the human skeletons being unearthed from the disaster-hit areas would be duly performed. “Besides, DNA samples would be taken from the human remains so that their relatives could identify their near and dear ones who were lost to the flash floods,” Kumar said.

 

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