Indrani Mukerjea docu-series won`t release till Feb 29, Bombay HC told

Orhan Wadia
Orhan Wadia  - Editor
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Netflix has communicated to the Bombay High Court that the release of the documentary series covering the case of Indrani Mukerjea, charged with the murder of Sheena Bora, will be postponed until February 29. Justices Revati Mohite Dere and Manjusha Deshpande, presiding over the CBI’s case, instructed the creators to arrange a special screening of the docu-series, as reported by PTI.

The documentary, titled ‘The Indrani Mukerjea Story: The Buried Truth,’ delves into the disappearance of Sheena Bora and initially had a scheduled Netflix broadcast date of February 23. The CBI had filed a motion to halt its release until the conclusion of the trial, according to PTI.

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During the court proceedings, it was observed that, similar to an accused individual, the prosecution and the victim possess rights. The court questioned, “Why should the CBI not be allowed to see the series? What is the difficulty in sharing the docu-series.”

Eventually, Netflix agreed to organize a special screening for the CBI. Initially, Netflix’s senior counsel had expressed concerns about pre-censorship and questioned the timing of the CBI’s petition, according to the PTI report.

However, the court emphasized that the trial was still ongoing, with witnesses being examined, suggesting that the release might be postponed for a week. Netflix ultimately consented to reschedule the release date to February 29, with the court remarking, “The release of the series can be deferred for a week…Heavens are not going to fall.”

It was reported that the court also directed the CBI’s counsel to attend the screening, stating, “What your (CBI) officer may think and perceive is different from a law officer. You (Shirsat) are an officer of the court. We are giving you an opportunity to view it.”

The court was apprised that the documentary included interviews with five witnesses, including Indrani’s son Mikhail and her daughter from Peter Mukerjea, Vidhie. Three of these witnesses are yet to be examined by the trial court, as per the report.

Following the denial of its appeal against the series by a special court, the CBI approached the HC, asserting that only a minority of the witnesses have been examined in the trial court so far.

Sheena Bora was purportedly murdered in April 2012 by Indrani, her former driver, and her ex-husband. The case gained widespread attention in 2015 when details emerged following the arrest of the driver in another case. Indrani was arrested in 2015 and granted bail in 2022, while the other accused are also currently out on bail.

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