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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Coal scam: CBI to close 2 PEs filed for missing files

  • Abhishek Sharan, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Jan 10, 2014 01:44 IST

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is probing irregularities in the allocation of coal blocks during 1993-2009, is set to close two Preliminary Enquiries (PE) it lodged last September to probe how some key files and records went missing from the coal ministry.

“The two PEs lodged to probe the missing files will be closed soon. We are working towards it,” a senior CBI official told HT.

“The CBI preliminary investigations, so far, have not come across any evidence establishing any criminality on the part of coal ministry officials due to which the files could have gone missing,” the official said.

According to the official, the agency has decided to close the PEs since by now the coal ministry has furnished the files and records that were sought by the CBI. The PEs — filed against unknown persons on the basis of a communication from the coal ministry — was to establish if there was any criminality behind the missing status of the files.

The agency had earlier quizzed a few coal ministry officials attached to departments entrusted with the files’ custody. The CBI will have to inform the Supreme Court about the closure of the PEs.

 

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