While passing the order, the court also observed that the other accused in the case, Peter Mukherjea, is also out on bail. Indrani and Peter were formally divorced some time back.
New Delhi: After seven years of jail and hitting the headlines several times, all for the wrong reasons, Indrani Mukherjea was finally granted bail in the Sheena Bora murder case on Wednesday by the Supreme Court. Mukherjea was arrested in 2015.
A bench comprising Justices L Nageswara Rao and B R Gavai passed the order in a special leave petition filed against an order passed by the Bombay High Court in November last year rejecting her bail plea. While passing the order, the court also observed that the other accused in the case, Peter Mukherjea, is also out on bail. Indrani and Peter were formally divorced some time back.
The bench said, “Admittedly, the petitioner had been in custody for 6.5 years…Taking into account the fact that petitioner was in custody for 6.5 years and even if 50 per cent of PW is given up trial will not complete soon. We are of the considered view that the Petitioner is entitled to be released on bail subject to the satisfaction of the Trial Court in addition to the following conditions.”
In 2015, when CBI took over the investigation, the probe had led the sleuths to the Mukherjea couple and it was accused that in 2012, the couple had a role to play behind the murder of their daughter Sheena Bora who had gone missing on April 24, 2012.
Earlier in December last year, Indrani Mukherjea had created a buzz when she said that a former police officer, who was serving a jail term in an alleged case of extortion, had seen Sheena Bora in Jammu and Kashmir and when she spoke to her, she apparently told her that she wants to stay away from all the controversy.