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Ex-chief of Star India arrested in murder case

THE former chief executive of Indian media behemoth Star India has been arrested in connection with a murder case that is gripping the country, investigating officers said yesterday.

India’s Central Bureau of Investigation arrested Peter Mukerjea, one of India’s top media bosses, late on Thursday after charging his wife with murdering her daughter from a previous relationship.

“He has been arrested and his custodial interrogation is going on in Mumbai,” a CBI official who asked not to be named said.

“We took this step because there are inconsistencies in his statements about how much he knew in regard to the murder case. Once the interrogation is done we will formally spell out the charges against him.”

His wife, Indrani Mukerjea, is accused along with her driver and ex-husband of strangling Sheena Bora to death before dumping her body in a forest and setting it alight.

Bora, 22, was murdered in April 2012 and her burnt body was discovered the following month in woods in India’s western state of Maharashtra, of which Mumbai is the capital.

Indrani was arrested in August on suspicion of murdering the young woman, who was having an affair with Peter Mukerjea’s son from a previous marriage.

Peter Mukerjea was chief executive of Fox-owned Star India from 1997 to 2007 before leaving to start his own television venture and is seen as one of India’s most successful media magnates.

His arrest came as the CBI released a statement saying they had filed charges against Indrani Mukerjea and two others over the murder three years ago.

“The Central Bureau of Investigation has today filed charge sheet in the alleged murder of Ms Sheena Bora against three private persons, including her mother, on charges of criminal conspiracy, abduction, murder, destruction of evidence, giving false information, creation and use of forged documents etc,” the statement said.

The CBI official confirmed that the others charged were Indrani’s driver Shyam Rai and former partner Sanjeev Khanna.



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