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Indrani Mukerjea walks out of Byculla prison

Mukerjea, who is facing trial for Sheena's murder on April 24, 2012, was granted bail by the Supreme Court on Wednesday.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai |
Updated: May 21, 2022 1:52:44 pm
Former media executive Indrani Mukherjea after coming out of the Byculla Women's Jail, in Mumbai, Friday. (Express photo by Ganesh Shirsekar)

Nearly seven years since her arrest in August 2015 for the alleged murder of her daughter Sheena Bora, former media executive Indrani Mukerjea walked out of Byculla women’s prison on Friday evening.

Mukerjea, who is facing trial for Sheena’s murder on April 24, 2012, was granted bail by the Supreme Court on Wednesday.

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Her bail conditions include surrendering of her passport before special court, not leaving India without court’s permission, and not contacting any of the witnesses in the case or tampering with the evidence. She has also been directed to attend the trial and not seek any adjournments in the same.

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On Friday, the special CBI Court, around 3 pm issued release memo for Mukherjea, which was later deposited at Byculla jail.

She was one of the most high-profile prisoners of the jail and often found herself in the middle of controversies. After completing formalities, Mukerjea stepped out of the women’s jail around 5.30 pm accompanied by her lawyer Sana Raees Khan. Speaking to the media, she said she was “very happy” and had “learnt a lot in prison”.

“Bohot Khushi ho rahi hai, there are no other emotions right now. Everyone should keep faith in the Indian law system. Even though it might take time, there is justice. For the moment, I am overwhelmed with the freedom found again, thanks to my good lawyers. This has restored my faith in the judiciary and I know that at the end of the day, it is a fair system. I will not talk about the case,” she said before heading to her Worli flat.

As to whether she can speak to her daughter, Vidhi, who is a witness in the case, Mukerjea said, “I cannot speak to Vidhi right now but I can talk to her once she deposes, so probably I will request the court to let her depose as quickly as possible.”

Speaking to the media in Worli, below her residence at Marlow building, which she shared with her husband Peter before their arrest in the case, Mukerjea said, “I am writing a book. It is not about jail life. I have forgiven everyone. In jail, I learnt to forgive and I am thankful to the judiciary…. I will not speak about the case or jail. I have learnt empathy inside prison. I am looking forward to a new life and have no plans yet. I want to look at the night sky for the first time in seven years.”

Mukerjea was arrested by the Mumbai Police on August 25, 2015, four days after her former driver Shyamvar Rai was apprehended by the police with an illegal weapon. Rai told the police that he had participated in the murder of his former employer’s daughter, Sheena Bora.

The police then arrested Rai, Mukerjea, and her former husband Sanjeev Khanna in August 2015.

Mukerjea’s former husbands, Sanjeev Khanna and Peter Mukerjea, are also undergoing trial for the alleged murder.

The Bombay High Court granted bail to Peter on February 6, 2020, and he walked out of jail after the CBI decided not to challenge his bail order.

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