The Sheena Bora murder case is the stuff novels and movies are made of. Never would’ve anybody thought that TV industry veterans with STAR TV Indrani Mukerjea (accused) and her husband Peter Mukerja, founders of entertainment and news channels under INX Media, would themselves be involved in a gruesome murder of their own kin, and live their lives happily as if nothing happened. This is what we read in crime thrillers and hope it never comes true in real life.
Since the case came to light a few days ago, there have been various theories about it. Even as police are unraveling new details of the case with each passing day, people are coming up with their own theories as to why Sheena Bora, the daughter of Indrani Mukerjea and her first husband Siddharth Das, was murdered. Here are a few theories:
#1 Main theory – Honour killing – Sheena Bora was having an affair with Peter Mukerjea’s son Rahul Mukerjea:
This is the main theory on which the entire case has been built. Sheena was having an affair with Peter Mukerjea’s son from his first marriage – Rahul Mukerjea. Sheena and Rahul were living-in together and had all plans to get married. Their relationship was approved by Peter’s ex-wife Shabnam, and her parents, according to Sheena’s Mama (mother’s brother). Peter and Shabnam’s second son Robin also approved of Sheena for Rahul. Indrani was unhappy with this relationship.
Theory #2 – Sheena Bora was pregnant with Rahul Mukerjea‘s child:
This is the most bizarre theory but might well be the reason for the extreme step taken by Indrani Mukerjea – of murdering her own daughter. If Sheena Bora was pregnant with Rahul Mukerjea’s child, it would mean that step-brother and sister would be getting married. (ALSO READ: Indrani Mukerjea-Sheena Bora: Mahesh Bhatt to make a film on the murder case?)
Theory #3 – Property tussle:
Following on Theory #2, if Sheena Bora did indeed get married to Rahul Mukerjea and bear his child, she would be entitled to a part of Peter Mukerjea’s property. In this case, both Indrani and her second husband Sanjeev Khanna (co-accused in the murder) were unhappy. Why? Because he had a child with Indrani, who had since been adopted by Peter Mukerjea and took his name as her father – calling herself Vidhie Mukerjea.
Theory #4 – Blackmail
This is an absurd theory but could well be true – we don’t know yet. Sheena and her brother Mikhail Bora, who were abandoned by their mother Indrani and were taken care of my Indrani’s parents, were dependent on Indrani financially. Moreover, Indrani always introduced Mikhail and Sheena to everybody in her circle as her siblings, and not her children. Some say the kids could’ve been blackmailing their mother to shell out money or else they would disclose their real relationship.
Mikhail has been brought to Mumbai by questioning, and police will grill him. He has been telling TV channels since the past three days that he knows the real reason of his sister’s murder, but he wants his mother Indrani to confess to the police.
Theory #5: Sheena Bora and Mikhail Bora’s father unknown
Although reports say that Sheena Bora and Mikhail Bora’s father is Indrani Mukerjea‘s first husband Siddharth Das, apparently he has denied they are his children. The police have not yet traced him or called him for questioning, so we can only guess. But Mumbai Mirror reports that on Sheena’s birth certificate, Sheena’s grandfather Upendra Kumar Bora has been named as her father by Indrani. Upendra has, of course, told the police the truth.
We await police investigations to reveal the final truth. (Photos of Indrani Mukerjea, Rahul Mukerjea and Sheena Bora – courtesy of Facebook. Mikhail Bora – NDTV video grab.)