Inside the Bizarre Murder Case That's Gripped India

TV mogul Indrani Mukerjea accused of murdering daughter, trying to kill son
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 9, 2015 2:44 PM CDT
Updated Sep 13, 2015 11:48 AM CDT
Indrani Mukerjea is seen in this undated photo.   (Facebook)

(Newser) – A murder case in India is getting plenty of attention not just because it involves a heinous crime, but because media outlets claim it shows us normal folks that the high-life, well, isn't so sparkly. It surrounds India's first female TV mogul, Indrani Mukerjea, whose 25-year-old daughter, Sheena Bora, vanished in 2012. Mukerjea said Bora disappeared while studying in the US. However, her burnt remains were found in a Raigad forest and Mukerjea is now accused of her murder, per the Times of India; police say two accomplices have confessed; one is reportedly Mukerjea's chauffeur, who allegedly said he was paid $1,500 and bought containers of gas around the time, reports the Indian Express. Police say Mukerjea operated social media and email accounts in Bora's name throughout 2012 to make it look like she was in the US and allege she also tried to kill son Mikhail Bora with poison in 2012, the Indian Express reports; he survived.

Police tell India Today that Sheena Bora was getting "greedy," asking her mother for money, and that Mukerjea finally had enough. Media outlets, now investing in what a former employee calls a "tabloid gold mine," say the case shows the damage done by materialism. Born to a middle-class family, Mukerjea married Mumbai-based media tycoon Peter Mukerjea after her first marriage and together they started a TV network, per the Guardian. They lived in one of the city’s most exclusive areas and by 2008, Mukerjea had landed on the Wall Street Journal's 50 "Women to Watch" list, notes the Guardian. Dilip Bobb, writing in Outlook magazine, calls her "the female equivalent of Jay Gatsby," whose life is "illustrative of the social mores and motivations in the upper reaches of Indian society." (In Georgia, two brothers are accused of trying to kill their parents—for reasons unknown.)

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