The Supreme Court has granted bail to Indrani Mukerjea, the main suspect in the murder of Sheena Bora.
The order said, “Indrani Mukherjea has been in custody for six and half years. This case is based on circumstantial evidence. We are not making comments on the merits of the case. Even if 50 per cent of witnesses are given up by the prosecution, the trial would not be over soon. She is granted bail. She will be released on bail subject to the satisfaction of the trial court. The same conditions imposed on Peter Mukherjea would also be imposed on her.”
Senior counsel Mukul Rohatgi, who represented Indrani Mukerjea at the hearing, argued she was entitled to a special dispensation under section 437 because she had been in prison for three and a half years. For the past 11 months, the trial has stalled. There were a total of 237 witnesses interviewed, of which 68 were examined, and she received no parole for those years.
Indrani Mukerjea is charged with the murder of her daughter Sheena on April 24, 2012. She was arrested on August 25, 2015, by Khar police and has been detained at the Byculla Jail since September 2015. Peter Mukerjea, the former CEO of Star India, and Sanjeev Khanna are the other co-accused in the case. Last year, Peter was granted bail.