Sheena Bora murder case: I was tortured at a mental hospital at Indrani’s behest, says Mekhail

Indrani tried to prove I was unstable, her son Mekhail told a court on Monday.

mumbai Updated: Jul 24, 2018 09:51 IST
Charul P Shah
Charul P Shah
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Mekhail Bora at a Mumbai sessions court on Monday.(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)

Indrani Mukerjea’s son Mekhail Bora on Monday alleged that her former husband Sanjeev Khanna got him drunk when he visited Mumbai during a school break in 2006. The next day, Mekhail, then a Class 11 student, was tied and taken to a mental hospital in the city where he was tortured for a month. He said Indrani allegedly orchestrated this to prove him unstable because he addressed her as ‘mother’ instead of ‘didi’.

Mekhail revealed this to a sessions court when he was examined by the prosecution in the Sheena Bora murder case. Besides allegedly murdering her daughter Sheena Bora along with Khanna, Indrani also faces an attempt to murder charge levelled by Mekhail.

When Mekhail entered the court, everyone, including Indrani, could not recognise him until the prosecution revealed his identity. The two did not see eye to eye during the proceeding.

Mekhail told the court that in 2006, he argued with Indrani over inadequate pocket money when he was in a school in Bangalore. As he was finding it tough to manage, Indrani had called him to Mumbai for some days during a school break.

“Once, Indrani took me to her office and introduced Khanna as her client. She gave me ₹1,500 and asked me to relax and visit pubs,” Mekhail revealed.

Mikhail said the following day, he was taken to a discotheque by Khanna. “Despite my refusal, Khanna ordered tequila for me. I had two shots and lost consciousness. The next day, I found myself tied to a chair in a room, with my head shaved.” Mekhail was at Masina Mental hospital in Mumbai.

A team of doctors visited him and told him that Indrani would visit him once a month. “They admitted me for drug abuse. But I have never consumed drugs,” he said. Mekhail added he was given electric shocks and tortured in the name of treatment. When the prosecution asked him about other treatments, he said he was not comfortable sharing these details in an open court.

Who is Mekhail Bora?

Born to then Pari Bora, now Indrani Mukerjea, and Siddharth Das in 1989, Mekhail Bora works as a stewards in a hotel in Guwahati.

He is the younger brother of Sheena Bora, who was allegedly abducted and killed by their mother Indrani and her former husband Sanjeev Khanna in 2012. Bora’s body was later disposed of in a forest adjoining Raigad district

Mekhail lives in a house owned by his grandparents who later adopted him and Sheena

What else he said in the court

Indrani and Siddhartha Das were separated when Mekhail was a child. Mekhail’s grandparents had a bakery at Six Mile in Guwahati. One day, his parents had a fight and they left the house leaving him and Sheena alone in the house. Later, the domestic help dropped us at their grandparents’ house

In 1990, Mekhail’s and Sheena’s birth certificates were prepared and one affidavit was also filed saying their grandparents are their legal parents. This was done on the advice of Indrani

At that time, his grandparents were running a guest house at the ground floor of our house. We managed till Mekhail was in Class 9 and Sheena in Class 10. But soon there were financial crises to pay fees for their higher education

Mekhail’s grandparents came across an article in a national newspaper about Indrani’s marriage with Peter. My grandparents shot a letter to a TV channel where Indrani was working, saying she was their child

After the letter, Indrani contacted her parents through phone. She sent air tickets for Sheena and Mekhail for Kolkata

There, Indrani said she could financially help Sheen and Mekhail if they addressed her as ‘didi’ (elder sister)

Indrani got Mekhail admitted to a renowned school and Bangalore. They had regular run-in over pocket money.

First Published: Jul 24, 2018 01:03 IST