The Supreme Court has granted bail to Indrani Mukerjea who was in jail in connection with the murder of her daughter Sheena Bora. She has been in jail for over six years. "We are granting bail to Indrani Mukerjea. 6.5 years is too long a time," said the court.
The case is based on circumstantial evidence and the trial will not be over soon even if half the witnesses in the case are given up by the prosecution, noted Justice Nageswara Rao. Her bail plea has been rejected several times. The Bombay High Court in November 2021 noted that the circumstantial evidence strongly supported her direct involvement in the murder.
Mukerjea recently claimed that her daughter Sheena Bora is still alive. Responding to the letter sent to the CBI, the investigation agency said this angle will not be probed unless the court orders it to do so.
The case has 185 witnesses yet to be examined. Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Mukerjea, argued that the trial is not going to end for the next 10 years. He added that no witness has been examined in the past 18 months.
Rohatgi further said Idrani's husband is already out on bail and she is not well. "She is suffering and the trial court has been vacant without a presiding officer since June 2021".
The alleged kidnapping and murder of 25-year-old Sheena Bora were taken up by the Mumbai Police in April 2012. Three years later, the CBI took over the investigation and arrested Indrani and her husband Peter Mukerjea. The investigators said Indrani did not accept Sheena's live-in relationship with Rahul Mukerjea, the son of Peter Mukerjea and his earlier wife.
Indrani had always pretended that Sheena Bora was her sister. After her disappearance, Indrani told everyone that sheena moved to the US. She was arrested after Indrani Mukerjea's driver gave a statement to police when arrested in a separate case.
Sheena's half-burnt body was found in a forest near Mumbai. The driver alleged that Indrani strangled her daughter inside a car.