Sheena Bora murder case: Old rivalry led Ravina Raj Kohli to tarnish Peter Mukerjea
Former Star News president Ravina Raj Kohli’s statement in a CBI court in the Sheena Bora murder case that Indrani and Peter Mukerjea floated a company in Sheena’s name to park ill-begotten money, seems to be a case of wanton revenge and based on mere hearsay.
Ascribing the money parked in her name as motive for Sheena’s murder, Kohli wanted to drag Peter Mukerjea through some more muck. The contention here is that Sheena was killed because she wouldn’t let her mother and stepfather access to the money allegedly stashed away, according to Kohli, leading to her murder.
Kohli and Mukerjea had a bitter falling out when she was Star News president and he was Star India CEO. While it is being made out to be the case that they were equals, Kohli had to report to Peter and the lacklustre performance of Star News after NDTV went away on its own began to weigh heavy on its president, Ravina Raj Kohli.
It is said that Rupert Murdoch was unhappy with the Star News operations and performance and pushed Peter to sack her. Accordingly she was replaced by Uday Shankar from AajTak, who took it places and then when FDI regulations began to choke it, the channel was sold to Kolkata’s ABP Group. After this, Uday Shankar moved to head Star India when Indrani and Peter went on to start NewsX.
Observers familiar with the incidents in 2003 when Star News came into being say Ravina Raj Kohli had no reason apart from vengeance against Peter Mukerjea in mind when she deposed in the CBI court in the Sheena Bora murder case.