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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Shobhaa De stands by Mumbai tweet as storm rages

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Kolkata
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  • Updated: Aug 02, 2013 02:33 IST

Kolkata: Celebrity author and socialite Shobhaa De said on Thursday she would continue her Twitter campaign for a separate state of Mumbai, a day after her tweet demanding statehood for India’s commercial capital set off a political storm.

“Maharashtra and Mumbai??? Why not? Mumbai has always fancied itself as an independent entity, anyway. This game has countless possibilities,” De had tweeted a day  after the UPA and the Congress gave the go-ahead to Telangana.

The 65-year-old author is not alone. Telangana has stoked demands for separate states from across the country.


Maharashtra and Mumbai??? Why not? Mumbai has always fancied itself as an independent entity, anyway. This game has countless possibilities.

— Shobhaa De (@DeShobhaa) July 31, 2013

Read more: Shobhaa De’s Mumbai tweet stirs up hornet’s nest

Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan was dismissive of her demand. “The comments are frivolous... neither Mumbai nor Vidarbha will be separated from Maharashtra,” he said. “Unity is our strength.”

De, a Mumbai resident, remained defiant even as the Shiv Sena and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, whose politics centres around Maharashtrian identity, protested in front of her residence in Mumbai. Sena leader Sanjay Raut demanded criminal action against her while MNS chief Raj Thackeray launched a personal attack.

“I’ve not said something offensive. There is no question of an apology,” she said in Kolkata. “I’ll continue to tweet on Mumbai being an independent entity... everybody has their right to raise their voices against the wrongs. (with PTI inputs)

Read more: Shobhaa De's comments frivolous; Maharashtra will stay united, says Chavan


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