Those who know Indrani have all been left shocked by the arrest and charges. Indrani was in Spain only two months ago, recalled Sandip Misra, a seasoned journalist who was the sports editor with the NewsX channel, owned by the 9X Media banner, of which Indrani was CEO.
"I am finding this too bizarre. I am just shocked," said Sandip, adding, "She always had a point of view about the sports bulletin, she would walk up and make her point. I thought her focus was her daughter’s piano classes; a murder is something I will not be able to digest tonight."
She was well wired in the city's cocktail circuit. She was introduced to Peter by advertising guru Alyque Padamsee; by then Peter had broken off his engagement with one Sashwati Banerjee, who currently works in the social sector. The break-off was a tension-ridden affair, obviously not liked by Sashwati’s brother.
A few, angry e-mails were exchanged between her brother and Peter, but the issue was amicably resolved. "She (Indrani) and Peter destroyed my sister’s life. I have nothing to talk about them," Banerjee’s brother told a friend on hearing of the incident.
When Peter married Indrani, then a 30-year-old HR consultant in 2002, he was getting married after eight years and had two sons aged 22 and 18 at the time. Bora had a daughter from her previous marriage as well, who was five years old at the time.
In the above story, "Indrani's former colleagues shocked by murder charge", writer Avirook Sen was quoted incorrectly by the reporter. Mr Sen did not speak those words to Shantanu Guha Ray, the reporter, as Mr Guha Ray got the quotes from a second hand source. Our newspaper does not allow this, and we retracted the quotes immediately. We regret the error.