The bail plea of Indrani Mukherjea has been rejected by the Special CBI Court, upholding the arguments made by the CBI.
The high profile murder mystery of Sheena Bora took a new turn when the Special CBI Court led, by Judge J C Jagdale, Mumbai, rejected the bail plea of the prime accused, Indrani Mukherjee on Wednesday. She sought the temporary release for 45 days, quoting the chances of contracting coronavirus, and her medical health. The accused had filed a petition in December last year, seeking bail on the grounds of deteriorating health, which was even then, rejected by the CBI Court. The plea filed on Wednesday was her fifth regular bail plea on medical grounds, which has been rejected by the court. Though, another plea that was moved on merits of the case is still pending.
In her application, she stated that in view of the increasing number of Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra, there is really no certainty when the trial or hearing for bail based on merits of the case, will begin.
She has also been in judicial custody since her arrest in August, 2015 and is suffering from chronic ischemic changes in her brain arteries, the plea said. The application also said that she had been suffering from blackouts at time and again, and is now on medication.
Thus, taking into account her medical history and the guidelines issued by the high-powered committee, the court should grant her interim bail, the application said.
However, the CBI opposed her plea saying that it was not suggested to release prisoners facing serious crimes such as murder, as recommended by the high-power committee, that was appointed to frame guidelines for releasing prisoners in view of Coronavirus pandemic. It had also argued that appropriate steps were taken to restrict Coronavirus spread in prison and Indrani’s health is in good condition. Hence her chances of contracting the disease are very small, and bail should not be granted to her.
Sheena Bora, a 24-year-old girl, was allegedly strangled to death, on
24th April, 2012, and her body was been dumped in a pit in the neighboring district of Raigad, Maharashtra and later burnt. The murder was conspired by her mother, Indrani Mukerjea, the former founder of the scandal, who embroiled INX Media. She had two accomplices to help her in order to carry out the crime. One being her husband, Sanjeev Khanna and another being Shyamvar Rai, her then driver.
From Indrani’s first marriage with one Siddharth Das who belongs to Tripura, she had two child, one daughter being, Sheena and a son, Mikhail. According to a charge sheet subsequently filed by the CBI, both Sheena and Mikhail had been told by Indrani that they would be introduced as her sister and brother of Indrani, as she did not want to harm her growing reputation in business.
Initially, Sheena and Mikhail were kept in the shelter of Indrani’s parents in Guwahati, until she had them move to Mumbai. Meanwhile, Indrani married Sanjeev Khanna, a Kolkata businessman, with whom she had a daughter, Vidhie. Sheena and Indrani’s relationship was reportedly extremely strained.
Soon after moving to Mumbai, Sheena got a job at Mumbai Metro One. Indrani had married her third husband around this time, business magnate Peter Mukerjea, who was reportedly her senior for 16 years.
As CBI stated in its charge-sheet, the reason behind the murder was Sheena’s closeness to Rahul Mukherjea, one of Peter’s two sons from his first marriage. Both Peter and Indrani have even openly stated their opposition to the duo’s relationship.
Indrani Mukerjea was arrested in August, 2015.
Former media baron Peter Mukerjea was eventually also arrested for allegedly participating in the conspiracy. He is currently out on bail, which was granted earlier this year by the Bombay High Court. During the incarceration period, his 17-year-old marriage to Indrani Mukerjea ended as the two got divorced in October last year.
Since 2015, Mukherjea is in prison. She is at the Byculla Women’s Jail in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
The case has left both the Indian and international media perplexed since its inception, and is one of the most debated and debated cases even after 8 years later.