In what has sent shockwaves across the Indian media industry, wife of media honcho Peter Mukherjea, Indrani Mukherjea, has been arrested by the Mumbai police for an alleged role in her sister's murder in 2012.
According to media reports, she was arrested by suburban Khar police, where she was questioned.
According to Indian Express, the case dates back to 2012 when Raigad police had found the remains of Indrani’s sister, Sheena Bora, following which a murder case was registered against unidentified persons.
DNA quotes DCP Dhananjay Kulkarni as stating, "Arrest was made by Khar police, under CR no 406/15 and is registered U/S 302,201,34. Investigations are on. After producing the two accused in the court, we have got custody till 31st August." According to DNA, a senior police officer also added, "Indrani Mukherjee and her driver plotted the entire conspiracy to assassinate Indrani's sister in 2012. They buried the body of Sheena at Raigad. We have recovered many evidences from spot, including human remains."
According to TOI,
Khar cops picked up Mukerjea's driver a few days ago based on this information and started grilling him and he confessed to having murdered Bora at Mukerjea's behest. He also told the cops that he dumped Bora's body in the forests of Raigad. Mumbai cops then got in touch with their counterparts in Raigad, who confirmed that the remains of an unknown woman were found from the same spot.
Khar police then arrested the driver and then, based on his confession, asked Mukerjea to present herself for questioning on Tuesday. She was arrested after a three-hour grilling session.
Both of them were produced in the Bandra Metropolitan Magistrate's court on Tuesday and cops got their custody till August 31. Both have been booked under Sections 302 (murder), 363 (kidnapping) and 201 (destroying evidence) of the Indian Penal Code.
Media reports say that Indrani Mukherjea founded 9X Media in 2007 and was the CEO there too. 9X Media was founded through two companies INX Media Pvt Ltd and INX News Pvt LTd. Her husband Peter Mukherjea was the Chairman and CEO of the same. Both quit INX Media in 2009.
Peter and Indrani married in 2002, when she worked as an HR Consultant and Peter was the CEO at Star India Network .