MUMBAI: Bombay high court on Thursday granted bail to INX Media co-founder Peter Mukerjea, who was arrested in connection with the murder of his step daughter Sheena Bora on Nov 20, 2015, observing that prima facie there was no evidence of his involvement in the crime.
However, on the request of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which investigated the case, the high court stayed its order for a period of six weeks so that the probe agency could file an appeal against the order, said a PTI report,
Sheena Bora was allegedly strangled in a car on April 24, 2012, following which her body was burnt and dumped in a forest in Raigad, Maharashtra. Indrani Mukerjea and her first husband Sanjeev Khanna are also an accused, and the trio have been in jail since 2015.
The killing came to light in 2015 when Indrani Mukerjea's driver Shyamwar Rai, who had helped them dispose of the body, was arrested in another case. Rai later turned an approver in the case.
Justice Nitin Sambre granted him bail on a surety of Rs 2 lakh. The court directed Peter Mukerjea not to contact his daughter Vidhi, son Rahul Mukerjea and other witnesses in the case.
The trial in the case is underway (with input from PTI).
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