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.

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    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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Mahindra teams up with Vodafone

Mahindra teams up with Vodafone


Mahindra Reva and Vodafone Business Services have announced a strategic partnership that will enable users to access and operate a host of functions on the Reva through an application on their smartphones or tablets. The application will be available across platforms such as Android, iOS and Blackberry.

Navin Chopra, director, Vodafone Business Services, said that this tie-up between an automobile manufacturer and a telecom service provider is the first of its kind in the country and reiterated that the service has been tailor-made for the e2o.

Explaining the various functions, chief of technology and strategy, Mahindra Reva, Chetan Maini, said  that the car could be remotely locked/unlocked, its  air-conditioner switched on to pre-cool the car, locate the nearest charging stations as well as have Mahindra engineers remotely monitor the vehicle for faults. Also, a function to revive the car for another 8-10km has also been added to the application to help you get to the nearest safe spot/charging point after the car has run out of power.

Since its launch three weeks ago, several test drives have been taken but outright selling has not begun. The company has set up a network of charging stations in Bangalore. Mumbai has 15 outlets and more will be added. At the launch, Reva officials said they hope to sell 6,000 units in the first year and should begin exporting the cars to the UK and Norway by 2014.

 

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