Former Star honcho Peter Mukerjea blames Arnab Goswami for landing him in jail
Peter Mukerjea, the former CEO of STAR India squarely blames journalist Arnab Goswami for his fall from grace in the public eye, a new book on famous convicts in Indian jails reveals.
The book ‘Behind Bars – Prison tales of India’s most famous’ by Sunetra Chowdhury also features Pappu Yadav, A.Raja, Amar Singh and Kobad Ghandy, reports The Telegraph.
Mukerjea’s claim might not be very far off the mark, since the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had cited Goswami’s take on the issue in its charge sheet.
Peter Mukerjea is currently in prison, awaiting trial for being complicit in the widely publicised killing of his step-daughter Sheena Bora. Sheena’s mother Indrani Mukerjea is the main accused in the murder – she had always introduced her daughter as her sister in public. Sheena was engaged to marry Peter Mukerjea’s son Rahul when she vanished into thin air.
Though Indrani passed it off with the somewhat flimsy explanation that the girl has left India forever, later investigations revealed that she had killed her own daughter in cold blood over property disputes.
It was initially assumed that Peter did not have much of an inkling about the maze of complicated relationships in his household. However, investigators later changed their stance and counted him as being in the know – and Mukerjea blames Goswami largely for that.
Mukerjea had given an interview to Goswami on the latter’s channel Times Now on August 27, 2015.
He claimed in the interview that he was horrified at finding out that his wife’s sister was actually her daughter, and that she had killed her. He also said he believed his wife enough to completely trust her explanation for Sheena’s disappearance in 2012.
Arnab Goswami counteracted that later with an audio clip recorded by Mukerjea’s son Rahul. In the ‘tape 10’, Indrani is supposedly heard calling Sheena her daughter, while Mukerjea listened quietly. Arnab alleged that the tape proved the Mukerjea is ‘a scheming liar who can state untruths with a poker face’. The journalist even wondered aloud who the real master of the conspiracy was.
Mukerjea still maintained in the book that he is innocent and said it was ‘unfair’ for Goswami to target him while he is in prison and cannot respond to the charges.
Asked about the reason for Goswami’s ire, Mukerjea said that he had once rejected the latter’s offer to work for STAR since he did not agree with his style of journalism. He agreed that the ‘motive’ seemed childish at best, but stuck by his guns that Goswami obtained revenge against him through the sheer power of decibel.
Though Goswami declined to comment, Ravina Raj Kohli, who was the president of STAR, stood up for him. Kohli said that Peter did not make hiring decisions in the network, and it was Goswami who had refused a job offer from STAR.