Peter Mukerjea
Peter Mukerjea is charged with the murder of his stepdaughter in a case which has gripped India Simon Hayter/Getty Images

Indian media tycoon Peter Mukerjea has been charged with the murder of stepdaughter Sheena Bora, whose body was found burned and dumped in a forest. Mukerjea, the former CEO of Rupert Murdoch's Star India, has also been charged with abduction, destruction of evidence and giving false information.

In a case that has gripped India, the Mumbai-based businessman's wife, Indrani had previously been named as the main suspect by police. Her ex-husband was named as a co-conspirator while her driver was listed as an accomplice. Sheena Bora was allegedly strangled before her body was dumped in a forest and set alight. Bora, who was just 22 at the time of her death, was Indrani's daughter from a previous marriage.

It is alleged that she was murdered by the trio in April 2012, with her remains being found a month later in a wooded area in the western state of Maharashtra. Indrani was arrested in August 2015 on suspicion of murdering her daughter.

Sheena Bora was believed to have been having an affair with Mukerjea's son from a previous marriage at the time of her murder. Suggested motives include a row over property dealings, a disputed foreign bank account that Bora had and anger at the affair with Rahul Mukerjea.

Although Mukerjea was actually out of the country at the time of the murder of his stepdaughter, he is alleged to have been actively involved in the conspiracy.

Peter Mukerjea told Indian broadcaster NDTV earlier this year that he was unaware Bora was his wife's daughter, but that he also found it "hard to process" that Indrani Mukerjea killed her. He told the media that he was under the impression that Bora was his wife's sister and that she had moved to the US after living with them for some time.