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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The AAP Playlist: songs of the aam aadmi

Aam Aadmi Party

Celebrating Aam Aadmi Party's sensational debut demands a power playlist, to encapsulate and celebrate everything that is the aam aadmi and everything the struggle and this win means for us.

Aam Aadmi (artist: Sukhwinder Singh, movie: Chala Musaddi Office Office)

This one is a no brainer. The lyrics and the tune form a fine balance, balancing both the passion as well as the frustration of existence and of the movement. The lyrics express frustration and anger towards a ruthless system of exploitation, endless red-tapeism, and dishonest politicians. Sharp analogies and witty commentary, met with a vigorous tune, accurately summarise the angst against the system. The repetitive use of the phrase 'aam admi' also creates a sense of solidarity.

Mehngai Dayain (artist: Raghuveer Yadav, movie: Peepli Live)

A smooth transition from the first track, this song mocks and laments the ridiculously high cost of living, from over-priced sugar to almost unaffordable petrol and diesel. This is another song that perfectly captures the frustration of the aam aadmi, the exhaustion of making just the very ends meet while increased expenditure or mehngai eats away at you.


Dil Ka Haal Sune Dilwala (artist: Manna Dey, movie: Shree 420)

This timeless classic through its catchy, almost cheery melody mocks the way the police and government exploit the helpless and poor. Manna Dey's voice and Raj Kapoor's performance add layers to the song, which paints -- with bright colours -- a very dark picture. Raj Kapoor's character sings about how poverty is not just his current state but his destiny; and how he has to come to terms with it in a system that refuses to acknowledge him and others in his situation. 

Mehngai (artist: Kailash Kher ft Abhay Deol, movie: Chakravyuh)

The next track features the return of the angry aam aadmi. A fast, edgy song, the following section of the lyrics capture the essence of the song: Aam aadmi ki jeb ho gayi hai safachat / Sarbat ki tarah desh ko gatka hai gatagat. This song calls out corrupt politicians and bureaucrats who just want to make money and attain power at the cost of the common man.

Satyagraha Raghupati Raghav (artists: Rajiv Sundaresan,Shivam Pathak and Shweta Pandit, movie: Satyagraha)

What could be more apt for this playlist, but a song from a movie that was inspired by the movement started by Anna Hazare? This song contains the fury of a non-violent revolution, scattered with lyrics of Raghupati-Raghava, a song we all associate with Gandhi. This is interspersed with lyrics about a dissatisfied janta who now knows that they can't, and shan't, take injustice lightly anymore, and is finally fighting for themselves.

Rubaroo (artists: AR Rahman, Naresh Iyer, movie: Rang De Basanti)

This iconic track represents the precipice we stand at right now, with our still unquenched thirst for justice. It represents the inspiration the movement has given us, to be able to actually cause change, to be able to finally make a difference. Finally, this song represents a future that we clearly see and are willing to march towards.



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