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Indrani’s arrest in Sheena Bora murder case dealt the final blow to her marriage with Peter

Indrani’s interference in the lives of Peter’s children from his first marriage also strained the relationship.

mumbai Updated: Apr 27, 2018 11:15 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
A series of email exchanges, documented as a part of the charge-sheet in the Sheena Bora murder, capture the breakdown of Indrani and Peter Mukerjea’s marriage.
A series of email exchanges, documented as a part of the charge-sheet in the Sheena Bora murder, capture the breakdown of Indrani and Peter Mukerjea’s marriage. (HT file photo)

A notice sent to Peter Mukerjea by his wife Indrani seeking divorce seemed to be the culmination of many run-ins, suggest a series of email exchanges documented as a part of the charge-sheet in the Sheena Bora murder case.

Both are accused of being involved in the murder of Sheena Bora, Indrani’s daughter from a previous relationship.

Peter and Indrani’s love story first bloomed in a plush bar in a five-star hotel in south Mumbai. But after 10 years of marriage, their relationship started souring as Peter’s children from his first marriage raised questions over her interference in their personal lives.

The union further strained after Sheena Bora, who was in a relationship with Peter’s son Rahul, was murdered in April 2012. The couple’s exit from INX Media in 2009, a media firm which they had co-founded, widened the chasm between them.

However, the frosty relationship briefly thawed. But Indrani’s arrest in August 2015 in the Sheen Bora murder case proved to be the final straw, and left the union irrevocably wrecked. She is accused of murdering her daughter Sheena Bora.

Before his arrest in the case, Peter told the media that he was introduced to Sheena as Indrani’s sister and that he never knew the truth.

This was corroborated in statements given by Peter’s son Rahul to the Khar police and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

As the trial started in 2016, there have been talks of Peter and Indrani filing for a mutual consent divorce on various occasions.

A whirlwind tale of love, business, murder and divorce

Indrani Mukerjea

Indrani was born on Jan 3, 1972

She was sent to Lady Kane College in Shillong to pursue BA in 1986

Indrani fell in love with Siddarth Das, who was her senior by two years. By the end of 1986, Das was living with Indrani and her family. While in a live-in relationship, Indrani gave birth to two kids, Sheena Bora and Mekhail Bora

Indrani and Das faced huge resistance from her parents. Indrani walked out of the house leaving behind Das and two kids in 1989. Nobody knew where she went. She had moved to Kolkata

Indrani visited her family in 1992. This time to ensure that her parents adopted Sheena and Mekhail

In Kolkata, she came in contact with Sanjeev Khanna who ran a cable business and a year later she married him

In 1997, Indrani gave birth to her and Khanna’s daughter, Vidhie. But soon the marriage turned sour and she wanted to leave as Khanna would allegedly get violent under the influence of alcohol.

In 2001, Indrani finally moved to Mumbai and later was joined by her daughter, Vidhie. Khanna, however, stayed back in Kolkata.

Indrani met Peter in 2001 at a party and he was smitten by her. The couple announced their marriage a year later in 2002. Vidhie continued to stay with the couple.

Peter Mukerjea

Peter was born in UK on Nov 21, 1955. When Peter turned 2, the family returned to India

He later opted to be a UK national and worked as a marketing executive

In 1978, Peter came to India and later married Shabnam Singh

Peter and Shabnam moved to the UK where Peter continued to work. In 1980, Rabin was born to Peter and Shabnam. Two years later, Rahul was born

In 1988, Peter and Shabnam moved to New Delhi to expose their sons to the family and Indian culture. Peter started working as an account director with an advertising firm

The couple then moved to Hong Kong, where their marriage faced troubles

In 1993, the couple relocated to Mumbai, and sent their children to the UK for education. In 1994, Shabnam moved to England. A year later, she filed for divorce

In 1999, Peter was appointed as the CEO of a TV network and became a household name

In 2007, Peter resigned as the CEO, and became the chairman of Indrani’s INX Service Pvt Ltd. Six months later, he went on to start INX Media. But things did not pan out the way Peter had envisioned, and he and Indrani exited INX Media in 2009

The next two years saw Peter wind up his operations in India to a large extent, and move to UK

First Published: Apr 27, 2018 09:44 IST