Media baron Indrani Mukerjea faces charges of plotting to kill her son now as Mumbai Police have already charged for the murder of her daughter Sheena Bora, while the real father, Siddharth Das in Kolkata came out openly accusing her of “money-mindedness” that led to current impasse.
Siddharth Das told Zee Media, “I want her to be hanged if she killed Sheena…. I am feeling very heartbroken.”
Insisting that he never married Indrani but it was a live-in relationship, he recalled how Indrani deserted him one day after the birth of two children — Sheena and Mikhail — in 1987 and 1988.
Here is a brief timeline of the case:
1987: Based in Guwahati, still a teenager, Indrani gets closer to Siddharth Das from Kolkata and they had their first child, Sheena, in 1987.
1988: Indrani and Siddharth Das had their second child, Mikhail, and they were living with Indrani’s parents.
1989: Indrani tells Siddharth that she is going to Shillong and disappears. Unable to trace her and Siddharth allegedly returns to Kolkata to begin a new life.
1989: Indrani moves to Kolkata where she studies computers living as a Paying Guest.
1993: Indrani meets businessman Sanjeev Khanna, marries him.
1997: Indrani and Sanjeev Khanna’s daughter Vidhie Khanna was born.
2001: Indrani, her husband Khann and daughter Vidhie move to Mumbai. Indrani’s INX Services Private Limited, a recruitment company, was a top recruitment firm with Reliance Industries and Star India as its major clients.
2002: Indrani gets closer to Star CEO Peter Mukerjea and moves in with him, applying divorce from her husband Sanjeev Khanna. In November 2002 she marries Mukerjea and changes her name to Indrani Mukerjea and changes her daughter Vidhie’s name to Vidhie Mukerjea.
2005: Peter Mukerjea was introduced to Indrani’s children — Sheena Bora and Mikhail Bora — as her younger siblings.
2006: Sheena Bora also moves in with the Mukerjeas for her studies.
2007: Peter and Indrani Mukerjea became promoters of the INX Group, which later expanded into a media group. Peter Mukerjea exits Star India and Uday Shankar becomes its CEO.
2008: Wall street Journal names Indrani as one of the 50 Women to Watch for her role as CEO of INX Media, which owned NewsX TV chanel.
2009: NewsX chanel was sold to Naiduniya and beset with huge losses, both Indrani and Peter Mukerjea exit from INX Media.
2010: Both the couple formalise their exit from INX Media and resign in 2011 as directors.
2011: Sheena Bora finishes her studies and joins Reliance firm as an executive. She gets closer to Peter Mukerjea’s on Rahul and they begin living-in relationship, despite Indrani’s opposition. Sheena reveals to Peter Mukerjea that she is Indrani’s daughter and not sister.
April 24, 2012: Indrani flies down from UK, meets her former husband Sanjeev Khanna and they together meet Mikhail Bora in a hotel room and police allege that he was drugged. Leter they move to Worli residence where they kill Sheena and take her body to Raigad forest and bury it.
May 23, 2012: Sheena’s body was found in Raigad forest but the local police hush up the matter without following the procedural norms.
2012 to 2015: Indrani Mukerjea carries on with different business ventures shuttling between their residence in Worli, Mumbai and Bristol in UK and sometimes in Marbella in Spain with ehr husband Peter.
June 2015: Police receive tip on Indrani’s role in Sheena murder case.
August 2015: Police arrest Indrani driver Shyam Rai and he cracks under pressure and reveals the entire murder plot.
24 August, 2015: Indrani Mukerjea arrested on charges of killing Sheena along with her driver Shyam Rai and Khanna.
25 August, 2015: Media reveals that Sheena was not sister of Indrani as claimed but her own daughter. Mikhail emerges as not her sibling but own son, giving a new twist to the case.
28 August 2015: Khanna confesses to police that he had been involved in Sheena murder, while Indrani maintains stoic silence and police say she did not confess to the murder charge. The motive of murder is still not known.