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Sheena Bora murder case: Indrani Mukerjea's release terms same as that of ex-husband Peter

India Today logo India Today 18-05-2022 Vidya

While granting bail to Sheena Bora murder accused, Indrani Mukerjea, the Supreme Court said that the conditions imposed by the Bombay High Court while granting bail to her former husband, Peter Mukerjea, would apply to her as well.

The bench of Justice Nitin Sambre had granted bail to Peter on Feb 6, 2020, and he had managed to come out of prison just before the Covid-19 pandemic set in.

Another accused in the case, Indrani's former husband, Sanjeev Khanna, is still languishing in jail. Khanna's bail plea is pending in the Bombay High Court, and his advocate, Shreyansh Mithare, said that they would try to seek an early hearing for him to be released as soon as possible.

THE CASE

In the Sheena Bora murder case, Indrani was alleged to have conspired in the killing of her own daughter with the help of Khanna. According to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Peter, who at the relevant time was in the United Kingdom (UK), was part of the conspiracy to kill Sheena.

The CBI's main witness about Peter's involvement in the case was Indrani's driver-- Shyamvar Rai-- who did not speak English but told the police that Indrani had discussed murder with him over the phone.

While granting Peter bail, Justice Sambre had said "Even if presuming that what has been stated by Rai that Peter, while interacting on the phone from the UK, had uttered, viz. "Good Place", "Well Done", which Rai claimed to have overheard, it is difficult to accept and infer that the same was in context to the commission of the crime in question, as the same does not appear to be in context to pre and post conspiracy conversation as nothing about the same is mentioned in the statement of Rai. It also raises a reasonable suspicion as to whether such a conversation on the phone between Indrani and Peter can be heard by Rai."

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COURT'S ORDER

The court, while granting bail to Peter, had imposed certain conditions which senior counsel Mukul Rohatgi and advocate Sana Raees Khan, appearing for Indrani, read out in the Apex court on Wednesday.

  1. The conditions imposed on Peter were that, as a UK national, he surrender his passport to the CBI Court and not leave India without the Court's permission.
  2. Peter shall inform his latest place of residence and contact number immediately after being released and/or any change of residence or mobile details, if any, from time to time to the prosecution as well as the CBI Court, in writing.
  3. Peter shall not influence prosecution witnesses or tamper with evidence; he shall attend the trial on a regular basis and shall not seek an adjournment on any count.
  4. In any case, Peter shall not meet or establish contact with the witnesses, namely his adopted daughter Vidhie (Indrani and Khanna's daughter), son Rahul, or Mekhail, or any other witness till the recording of evidence is over.

The court had stated that if there are two consecutive defaults in appearing before the trial court or breach of any of the above conditions, the prosecution will be at liberty to apply for cancellation of his bail.

On Wednesday, after getting bail, Khan clarified, "the conditions are the same for both Indrani and Peter, but we did not claim parity as the facts of the case against both are different."

Indrani is also a UK citizen like Peter, and so she too will have to surrender her passport like him and seek permission from the court before travelling abroad.

READ | SC grants bail to Indrani Mukerjea in Sheena Bora murder case

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