Bombay High Court cancels Netflix documentary on Sheena Bora’s case and mandates a special screening for the CBI

The Bombay High Court ordered Netflix to investigate the well-known Sheena Bora case via a special screening before the film was made available on the over-the-top platform on Thursday. Netflix informed the court that the documentary series on the main accused in the case, Indrani Mukerjea, would not be available until February 29.

The prominent streaming service Netflix has “new revelations” about Sheena Bora’s disappearance, according to the docuseries “The Indrani Mukerjea Story: Buried Truth,” which was supposed to premiere on February 23.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had protested the distribution, claiming such documentaries may influence how the case was investigated, how it turned out, and how the public saw it.

A division bench consisting of Justices Manjusha Deshpande and Revati Mohite Dere ordered the producers to set up a special screening for CBI agents and rescheduled the case for next Thursday.

The documentary series delves into Sheena Bora’s disappearance and the devastating aftermath; primary accused Indrani Mukerjea will be narrating her side of the story.

With one family’s deepest secrets at the core of a stunning controversy that shocked the whole country, Netflix India announced the release date last month on Instagram. The Indrani Mukerjea Story: Buried Truth will debut exclusively on Netflix on February 23.

What case is Sheena Bora?
On April 24, 2012, in Mumbai, a 24-year-old woman named Sheena Bora is said to have been killed. Although she was raised by her maternal grandparents, with Indrani pretending to be her sister, she was the daughter of media executive Indrani Mukerjea and Siddharth Das.

When Shyamvar Rai, Indrani’s former driver, admitted to the police that he had been involved in Sheena Bora’s murder in 2015, the case gained attention. Following Rai’s confession, Indrani Mukerjea, her former husband Peter Mukerjea, and her ex-husband Sanjeev Khanna were all taken into custody. A complicated network of lies, treachery, and familial relationships was discovered throughout the inquiry.

There have been rumors that the murder was motivated by personal and financial conflicts regarding relationships and property. The case attracted a great deal of media interest since it included high-profile personalities and conspiracy theories.

Over the course of many years, the trial saw several turns, including efforts to fudge the evidence and assertions of innocence.

Given that Indrani Mukerjea had been behind bars for more than six years and that her trial would likely take a long time, the Supreme Court granted her release in May 2022. The top court also pointed out that Peter Mukherjea, the second accused in the case, had previously been released on bond in February 2020. A panel made up of Justices L Nageswara Rao, BR Gavai, and AS Bopanna issued the ruling in response to a special leave petition that was brought in opposition to a November 2021 Bombay High Court ruling.

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