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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Suryanelli row: petition against Justice Basant filed

  • PTI, Kochi
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  • Updated: Feb 11, 2013 20:10 IST

A petition seeking sanction to initiate criminal contempt proceedings against former judge of Kerala high court R Basant, whose controversial remarks on Suryanelli rape case victim has sparked off protests, was filed before the state advocate general.


Petitioner M Prakash, a former employee of the high court, stated that the remarks made by Justice Basant were 'irresponsible', not befitting the position he had held as a high court judge.

In per se, it was a criminal contempt of judiciary, the petitioner charged and said the prestige of judiciary had been lowered in the eyes of the general public.

The petitioner has moved the advocate general as his sanction is required for filing criminal contempt cases.

Justice Basant had along with Justice KA Abdul Gaffoor, delivered the judgement in the case in 2005 acquitting 35 accused and the sentence of only one one accused, Darmarajan, had been upheld. The supreme court had recently quashed the acquittal.

A television channel had two days ago aired a footage in which the former judge stated that the victim of Suryanelli case was used for child prostitution, which was not rape.

The remarks had drawn widespread protests in the state yesterday with DYFI, Yuva Morcha and women's organisations protesting and burning his effigies in various parts of the state. The issue was also raised in Assembly today by opposition LDF which wanted the judge to be booked.

 

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