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Family court grants divorce to Indrani, Peter Mukerjea

Peter Mukerjea with Indrani. File

Peter Mukerjea with Indrani. File  

Peter and Indrani Mukerjea ended their 17-year-old marriage after a family court in Mumbai granted them divorce on Thursday. The couple, who currently stand trial for the murder of Ms. Mukerjea’s daughter Sheena Bora, had filed for divorce in September 2018.

The two were granted divorce after their lawyers submitted compliance of the consent terms, which was accepted by the court.

The couple, after they filed the petition, were given six months to reconsider their decision. But both remained firm on ending their marriage and informed the court of it on Thursday.

Settlement terms

Except for an apartment in Goa, the couple stuck to the consent terms they had agreed upon initially. The flat in Goa, which Ms. Mukerjea owns, was to be transferred to Mr. Mukerjea, but will now go to Vidhie, Ms. Mukerjea’s daughter from her marriage to Sanjeev Khanna, also an accused in the Sheena Bora murder.

The other properties that were a part of the settlement include apartments in the Marlow Building at Worli, in United Kingdom, and a flat at Marbella in Spain. The settlement terms also include an office space in Mumbai’s Lower Parel, which the couple had bought to start INX Media.

The couple also agreed to divide their bank accounts and fixed deposits worth ₹53 crore that they hold in Syndicate Bank in India, and in international accounts at Banco Sabadell Atlantico in Spain, and in ANZ Bank in Auckland, New Zealand. They also agreed to divide the jewellery and watches kept at various banks, reads the petition.

The duo decided to part ways soon after Ms. Mukerjea was arrested for the murder of her daughter by Khar Police in August 2015. Mr. Mukherjea, who had maintained that he had no knowledge of the murder, was later arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation. Their differences grew as they were produced for court hearings, following which they decided to end their marriage.

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