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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Noida to rope in 'metro man' E Shreedharan

The Noida authority on Thursday said that it has decided to rope in 'metro man' E Sreedharan for its yet to take shape Noida metro rail company (NMRC).

NMRC's first mega project will be of building a 29 kilometers long metro link to connect Noida's City Center to Greater Noida's Bodaki. This 29km long metro project will require a budget of Rs 5,000 crore, said officials.

"We have written a letter to E Shreedharan requesting him to be on board as an advisor for NMRC. Since he has vast experience of building and running a metro network, his guidance on NMRC will be crucial and valuable for us," said Rama Raman, chief executive officer (CEO), Noida authority.

The Uttar Pradesh state Cabinet is likely give its approval to NMRC in its first upcoming assembly session, officials informed. The Cabinet has already given its in-principal approval to NMRC, which is likely to be formed with an initial capital of Rs 1,000 crore.

"Once the state Cabinet approves the proposal pertaining to NMRC formation, it will be sent for further approvals by center. We want an expert like Shreedharan as an advisor so that NMRC's quality of work reaches to the level of Delhi metro rail corporation (DMRC) that had built Delhi metro," said the CEO.

The Noida authority officials maintained that once Shreedharan is roped in several other international experts of the field will be easily roped in for NMRC.

"Shreedharan has become a brand associated with DMRC, which has a huge experience of its field, and his vision, expert skills will speed-up the NMRC work," said another authority official, requesting anonymity.

E Shreedharan's spokesperson told Hindustan Times, "Let the Noida authority's letter come, then only he will be able to comment on it."

UP's two industrial authorities - the Noida and Greater Noida authority - will have 70:30 stake in NMRC.

The authority had decided to form NMRC after the Delhi government said the DMRC is overburdened with work, and is unable to take-up more metro projects outside Delhi.    

Last week, UP governor BL Joshi had honoured Shreedharan with an honorary doctorate degree in Noida. As of now, Shreedharan is working as principal advisor to DMRC.

 

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