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Sheena Bora case: Murder accused Indrani seeks to divorce Peter

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Former Star TV CEO Peter Mukherjea and his wife Indrani Mukherjea. (File Source: Bharatstudent.com)

MUMBAI: A special CBI court on Tuesday charged Indrani Mukerjea, her husband Peter Mukerjea and former husband Sanjeev Khanna with murdering her daughter Sheena Bora, clearing the decks for commencement of trial in the sensational case from February 1. Indrani expressed her wish to obtain divorce from Peter to which the judge said was a matter to be decided between them and the court has nothing to do with it. All the accused were charged with IPC sections 120(b) (conspiracy), 302 (murder) and other offences, after which judge HS Mahajan fixed February 1 as the date for the trial to commence.

All three accused pleaded “not guilty” to the charges, which were explained to them individually, being called to the box one by one.

The prosecution case was that Sheena was murdered on April 24, 2012, and her body burnt and disposed of at a forest in nearby Raigad district the next day.

All the three accused were charged under IPC sections 120(b) (criminal conspiracy), 364 (kidnapping), 302 (murder), 203 (giving false information in respect of an offence) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence).

Additionally, Indrani and Sanjeev were charged under IPC sections 307 (attempt to murder) and 120(b) (conspiracy) for plotting to kill her son and Sheena’s brother Mikhail Bora.

Mikhail had earlier alleged that Indrani had spiked his drink on the same day when Sheena was killed.
Besides, Indrani was also charged under IPC section 471 (using as genuine a forged document or electronic record).

Indrani was arrested in August 2015. Subsequently, others — Peter, Sanjeev Khanna and her driver Shyamver Rai — were also taken into custody.

Rai later turned approver in the case and disclosed to CBI how the crime was committed by the accused.
All the three accused were present in the court on Tuesday. They sat separately in the dock and were seen talking to their lawyers outside the court.

CBI, on December 19 had started arguments on framing of charges in the case, saying it was her relationship with Rahul, Peter’s son from an earlier marriage, that led to Sheena’s murder. The case, initially investigated by Mumbai police under its then chief Rakesh Maria, was later transferred to the CBI
by the Maharashtra government to ensure that the probe was carried out without any prejudice or interference.

Pressure tactics against Zaira Wasim unwarranted: Owaisi

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Hyderabad MP and AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi, one of the opposition leaders in Telangana assembly. (File | PTI)

MUMBAI: All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi today said the pressure tactic on Kashmiri teen Zaira Wasim, forcing her to tender an apology over a meeting with J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti was “unwarranted and uncalled for”. Wasim, who played the younger version of Indian wrestler Geeta Phogat in Aamir Khan’s Bollywood blockbuster “Dangal”, had yesterday apologised for “offending” and “unintentionally hurting” people after her meeting with Mufti on Saturday.

“Nobody should be pressurised into doing or not doing something, especially a 16-year-old girl. This is completely unwarranted and uncalled for. This pressure worked on her so much that she was forced to apologise for which there was no need at all,” Owaisi told PTI.

“At the same time, those people, who are showing sympathy for this little child should introspect where did their sympathy disappear when hundreds of such teenagers lost their eyesight or were partially blinded when they were attacked with pellet guns ? Why these double standards ?” he asked.

He said the incident has brought to light people’s lack of confidence in the Jammu and Kashmir government.

“This incident has shown clearly how unpopular the BJP-PDP government is in the Kashmir valley. People have no confidence left on this government,” Owaisi said.

Zaira took to social media yesterday and tendered an apology apparently over her meeting with Mufti which drew sharp reactions and trolls from the youth in the valley because of the situation during the last few months.

She also played down her performance in “Dangal”, saying she was “not proud of” what she was doing and added that she was not a role model for the youth of Kashmir and does not want anyone to follow in her footsteps. 

Medical exam reveals new twist in Bihar rape case

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PATNA: In a twist to the reported scandal at a government school in Bihar’s Jehanabad district, police said on Tuesday that medical examination of the 12-year-old girl has confirmed that she was not raped.

“We investigated the allegations and the charge of rape was not confirmed. The medical examination report of the girl that came today has clearly confirmed that she was not raped. Further probe is in progress,” said Aditya Kumar, superintendent of police of Jehanabad district.

The government-run Urdu middle school at Kako had shot to shame after it was reported that the school’s headmaster and three male teachers had raped the mentally challenged girl student on the school’s terrace on Sunday afternoon when classes at the school were on.

The four accused – headmaster Ajju Ahmed and assistant teachers Attaur Rahman, Abdul Bari and Mohammad Shakaut – have been absconding after an FIR about rape was lodged by the girl’s mother, who also happens to be a teacher at the school.

The girl’s mother had said in the FIR that on Sunday, when the school was kept open on the headmaster’s order, her 12-year-old daughter did not return to her classroom after recess was over. Some girls then saw her lying in a pool of blood on the terrace and alerted her, she said in the FIR.

“Further action is currently on. The SDPO has been asked to complete the probe in two days. If the case is found to be false, we will recommend appropriate action against the complainant,” said the SP.

The rape charges, coming a week after a 14-year-old schoolgirl was murdered after being gang-raped in her hostel in Vaishali district, had painted a woefully bad picture of the educational institutions in Bihar. “We are trying to find why the girl’s mother had lodged a complaint of rape against her four male colleagues at the school,” said a police official in Jehanabad.

IT dept detects Rs 1000 crore racket in Haryana post-demonetisation

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CHANDIGARH: The Investigation Wing of Income Tax (North West Region) unearthed a hawala racket of more than Rs 1000 crore in the small town of Charkhi Dadri in Haryana since demonetisation. Additionally, undisclosed income to the tune of Rs 283 crore was also seized in the region.

Director general (investigations) of Income Tax (North West Region) Madhu Mahajan said that numerous hawala accommodation entry operators have stepped up their operations in the region post demonetisation. These rackets take cash and enable money to move from one bank to another on a real time and gross basis for a commission. Also, to launder the unaccounted cash, Benami accounts were opened by the gangs.

“In one interesting case of Charkhi Dadri in Haryana, more than Rs 1000 crore was found to be laundered and of this over Rs 100 crore may belong to the people of Punjab. A man in his thirties had printed a few letter pads of ‘fake’ companies and he, along with his associates opened several bank accounts in various branches of both nationalised and private banks across the country to facilitate these illegal operations,’’ she said.

Describing the modus operandi, principal director of Income Tax (investigation) Parneet Singh Sachdev said, “The people who were affected by the demonetisation move of the government got in touch with him to convert their black money into white for about 20 percent commission. The money used to be deposited in various bank accounts, which is not possible without the connivance of bank officials and then money was transferred through RTGC from one account to the other so that it could not be detected. Finally, the original owner received the money in his or her account.’’

“People have also taken loans from him in order to convert their black income into white. He had also given fake bills of various purchases so that the money could be accounted for. Already, more than 18 beneficiaries have been detected. His account which had more Rs 10 crore at the time of his arrest was sealed immediately. Also, we have updated CBI and Enforcement Directorate regarding this case,’’ he said.

Madhu Mahajan said undisclosed income to the tune of Rs 283 crore was also detected in the region during the last fifteen surveys.

“Till date, 63 cases have been referred to the Enforcement Directorate. We found that some banks, especially cooperative banks were not following the standard operation procedures of RBI, as accounts were not properly maintained. We have seized cash of more than Rs. 2.5 crore from cooperative banks and helper companies. Helper companies are those which are entrusted with carrying cash to ATMs.”

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