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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‘He did not shed a single tear in last few days’

  • Satyajit Joshi & Mohamed Thaver, Hindustan Times, Pune/ Mumbai
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  • Updated: Nov 22, 2012 01:30 IST

To prevent any leaks, only 17 people in the state government were involved in the planning and execution of Ajmal Kasab, after the Centre conveyed to the state that President Pranab Mukherjee had rejected his mercy plea.

Most officials in Yerawada jail were not even aware that Kasab had been brought there from Mumbai’s Arthur Road jail in the early hours of Tuesday and heard about it only after the operation had been completed.

Kasab was kept in a special cell in Yerawada for around 30 hours, before he was executed.

“None of us was aware that Kasab was in Yerawada and that he was going to be hanged on Wednesday. We only anticipated that something was going to happen because of some movements,” said an official who was not authorised to speak to the media.

Only the jail superintendent was informed that Kasab was being shifted from Arthur Road jail to Yerawada, the official said.

“He was brought in a van, which came via the Mumbai-Pune Expressway,” another official added.

“Throughout the journey from Mumbai to Pune, he did not cause any trouble,” said an official from Arthur Road jail who accompanied him to Yerawada jail.

Officials at Arthur Road jail who used to interact with Kasab said he had become resigned to his fate by the end.

“He did not shed a single tear during his last few days.”

Sources said Yerawada jail authorities had made preparations to bury him in the jail premises and did so soon after he was hanged on Wednesday morning.


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