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Sheena Bora case: Bombay HC rejects Peter’s interim bail plea for cardiac rehab

Mukerjea had moved the HC on April 4, after the special court designated under the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had rejected his plea for interim bail to undergo treatment at the private hospital.

mumbai Updated: May 09, 2019 00:48 IST
Kanchan Chaudhari
Kanchan Chaudhari
Hindustan Times
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Peter Mukerjea, his ex-wife Indrani, her ex-husband Sanjeev Khanna and her driver Shyamvar Rai are accused of killing her daughter Bora.(HT File)

he Bombay high court (HC) on Wednesday refused to release former media baron Peter Mukerjea, one of the prime accused in the Sheena Bora murder case, on interim bail to undergo a cardiac rehabilitation programme at a private hospital in the city. A vacation bench of justice RI Chagla, however, directed the Arthur Road Jail authorities to produce Mukerjea at the private hospital, the Asian Heart Institute, at Bandra-Kurla Complex, for cardiac rehabilitation on the relevant dates, said advocate Amit Ghag, who represented the former media baron.

Mukerjea had moved the HC on April 4, after the special court designated under the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had rejected his plea for interim bail to undergo treatment at the private hospital. The special court had said Mukerjea can avail treatment at the hospital, while being in judicial custody.

Mukerjea, his ex-wife Indrani, her ex-husband Sanjeev Khanna and her driver Shyamvar Rai are accused of killing her daughter Bora.

Mukerjea recently underwent surgery at the private hospital after suffering a heart attack. His lawyers have claimed that he needs post-operative care, which is not possible in jail owing to unhygienic conditions and non-availability of doctors. The special court, while rejecting Mukerjea’s interim bail plea, had noted that all requisite facilities were available at the state-run Sir JJ Hospital and at Arthur Road Jail, where he is currently lodged.

The special court had also noted that Mukerjea’s cell was well-equipped with modern facilities, including a TV set, had proper ventilation and sunlight, and there was no threat to his life. Photos and a video of the cell were even sent to the London magistrate court in connection with liquor baron Vijay Mallya’s extradition proceedings.

According to the CBI, on April 24, 2012, Indrani, Khanna and Rai allegedly strangulated Bora and later disposed the body in Raigad district.

First Published: May 09, 2019 00:19 IST