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27 Apr 2018

Indrani Mukerjea files for divorce with Peter after sustained issues

The end of Indrani and Peter Mukerjea's marriage?

Indrani Mukerjea has sought a divorce from her husband Peter, marking the end of a 16-year-old, tragic, and controversial marriage.

The couple, who are currently in prison for their involvement in the murder of Indrani's daughter Sheena Bora, had begun to see cracks in their marriage for a while now.

The divorce notification seems like the final straw.

Here's more.

In context

The end of Indrani and Peter Mukerjea's marriage?

The convoluted relations in the infamous Sheena Bora murder case

Sheena Bora was Indrani's daughter from her first marriage with Siddhartha Das. Indrani had passed off Sheena, who was in a relationship with Peter Mukerjea's son, as her sister. Sheena went missing in 2012, and in 2015, several arrests were made over alleged murder.

Divorce notice

Details of the divorce notice by Indrani Mukerjea's lawyer

The divorce notice filed by Indrani Mukerjea's lawyer seeks an amicable financial settlement from Peter "no later than" April 30.

It further states that "no claims will be made in future with respect to any movable or immovable assets owned or to be owned by the other after passing of the decree of divorce".

Peter Mukerjea's lawyer has not commented yet.

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Indrani Mukerjea's pre-Peter marital life

Indrani had two marriages before she married Peter. The first one, with Siddhartha Das, saw her give birth to two children- Sheena and Mekhail. The second one, with Sanjeev Khanna, produced a daughter, Vidhie. Indrani met Peter in 2001, and married in 2002.

Earlier divorce talk

The couple had publicly contemplated divorce earlier

This isn't the first time the couple has publicly contemplated divorce.

In 2016, Peter Mukerjea's lawyer told the press about his client's intentions to divorce his wife.

In 2017, Indrani's lawyer sought the court's permission to file for divorce.

However, this was largely seen as the couple's legal strategy as no documents were filed.

This is the first time there's real evidence of divorce.

Peter Mukerjea is a divorcee also

In 1978, Peter Mukerjea, who was working in the UK, married Shabnam Singh and went on to have two sons- Rabin and Rahul. The couple got divorced in 1995, following which Peter went on to make a fortune working in the media.

Cracks in marriage

Arrest was the last straw in the strained relationship

Email exchanges documented in the Sheena Bora murder case suggest that cracks had started to appear in Indrani-Peter's marriage over family issues.

The marriage was further strained after the couple's exit from the jointly-founded INX Media in 2009, and after Sheena Bora's murder in 2012.

However, even though the frosty relationship thawed for a while, Indrani's arrest in August 2015 was the last straw.

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