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After the Arushi murder case of 2008 in which Delhi’s Rajesh Talwar and his wife Nupur were sentenced for life for the twin murder of their 14-year-old daughter Arushi Talwar and domestic servant Hemraj, 45, the arrest of Indrani Mukherjea, wife of former Star India CEO Peter Mukherjea, for the murder of her daughter is the most sensational case to hit India.
Indrani Mukherjea (45), her former husband Sanjeev Khanna (50) and her driver Shyamvar Rai (43) have been arrested for killing her daughter Sheena Bora in 2012 and secretly disposing of her body in Raigad near Mumbai.
Mumbai Commissioner of Police Rakesh Maria said Indrani has confessed to her crime. He said Sheena was first strangulated to death and then her body was burnt with petrol on April 24, 2012. Her remains were found by police on May 23, 2012.
Maria said, “There was no missing complaint registered with the police. The case has been registered on August 21 after Rai’s arrest for illegal possession of arms. Indrani’s former husband Sanjeev Khanna will be brought to Mumbai after completing the legal formalities in Kolkata.”
There is a Woody Allen-esque twist to this case as Indrani’s murdered daughter was in a relationship with her step-son Rahul.
Sheena was Indrani’s daughter from a previous relationship with Siddharth Das, while Rahul is her husband Peter Mukherjea’s son from his previous marriage.
Sheena was living with Rahul (her step-brother) when she was murdered.
“They were two consenting adults… I could have tried to stop them but they could have met anywhere else,” Peter Mukherjea said. According to him, Indrani was opposed to relationship between Sheena and Rahul.
Peter Mukherjea said when Sheena suddenly disappeared in 2012, Indrani told him that she has gone to the US. “She also showed me pictures of Sheena celebrating Diwali in the US,” Peter said. He said his son suspected that something was wrong with Sheena’s sudden disappearance and he went to live with his biological mother in Dehradun.
Indrani had married Peter Mukherjea in 2002.
Now what is even more bizarre is that Indrani also has a son – named Mikhail – from her relationship with Siddharth Das, but she always introduced her two children as her brother and sister.
What is even more shocking is that Indrani kept her son Mikhail in the dark about Sheena, telling him that she had gone to the US for her studies. But the poor boy came to know about her sister’s fate only today through news channel after her mother’s arrest.
Indrani also kept her famous husband Peter Mukherjea in the dark about her children from her previous relationship.
Peter told news channels that his wife always told him that Sheena was her sister, not daughter. He said he knew about his son Rahul’s relationship with Sheena.
“I don’t understand at all with regard to my wife… Sheena Bora is her sister, I believed all these years, and now I am being told that she was her daughter. Whom I thought was her brother, is now her son from an earlier marriage, which I was not aware of. I was aware of one marriage and not so many others. So, now there are number of things that are appearing to me which are completely new to me.
“I was always told by Indrani that she (Sheena) was her sister. And Sheena always maintained that. My son at one time was in relationship with Sheena. He told me Sheena is not her sister, she is Indrani’s daughter. I told him that look, it is not true. Indrani has told me that she is her sister.
“I believed my wife, so much so that it created a rift between me and my son. I have not spoken to him (his son) for last three years.”
About Sheena, Peter Mukherjea said, “I was told that Sheena has gone to the United States. I am not on Facebook, but I was shown these pictures of Los Angeles or wherever she was. I didn’t have her contact number. My son had told me ‘see, something is not right’, but I said her parents may not be happy with it, so she might have moved to the US… that I told him… He (Peter’s son) didn’t talk to me then. I am in shock, really hard to process this information.’’
This high society murder case came to light when an informer tipped off Mumbai Police about Sheena’s murderer and whereabouts of her body.
Indrani’s driver was arrested on Aug 21 and he confessed to his role in the murder and disposing of Sheena’s body in Raigad.
After his confession, police called Indrani Mukherjea, grilled her for many hours and then arrested her.
Peter Mukherjea was the CEO of Star India when it was launched in India. Later, he and Indrani started 9X Media in 2007.