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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Maharashtra: Cong wants to contest 29 seats in LS polls

  • PTI, Mumbai
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  • Updated: Oct 27, 2013 20:32 IST
Citing its improved performance in Maharashtra, the state Congress on Sunday said it wanted to contest 29 Lok Sabha seats while it was ready to cede 19 seats to its alliance partner NCP.

 
"Our performance had been improved in 2009 compared to 2004 (Lok Sabha elections). (On the basis of that) we deserve at least three seats more from the total seats we had contested in 2009. We have conveyed the 29:19 formula to the Centre," MPCC president Manikrao Thakre told reporters in Mumbai.
 
The assertion on part of Congress is likely to increase the bickering between the two partners as the Sharad Pawar-led NCP had yesterday demanded that it wanted to contest 22 seats -- three seats more from its tally in 2009 -- and was ready to allocate 26 seats for Congress.
 
Senior NCP leader Bhaskarrao Jadhav yesterday claimed that the 26:22 formula, proposed by his party, was conveyed to the Congress high-command by NCP's Central leadership.
 
Reacting to this, Thakre said, "NCP is making public statements on seat sharing out of frustration".
 
In 2009 elections, NCP had contested 22 seats and won eight while Congress fought from 26 seats and won 16.
 
"The seat-sharing issue would be decided in New Delhi. But we have presented our case to the high-command. Why is the NCP in such a hurry on the seat-sharing formula?," Thakre questioned.
 

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