A Delhi court on Friday granted permission to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to conduct a polygraph test on former media baron Peter Mukerjea in its probe into the April 2012 murder of his step-daughter Sheena Bora.
Probing the suspected ‘financial motive’, the agency has accessed seven Indian bank accounts allegedly held by Peter and his wife Indrani Mukerjea, apart from their accounts in East Asia.
“A Delhi court has granted its permission to our request for conducting a polygraph test on Peter Mukerjea and it will be done by Monday. Peter has not been forthcoming about the details connected to the crime and the polygraph test may help establish the truth,” said a CBI source.
“The agency is scrutinising the transactions of the couple’s seven bank accounts, which they control jointly or alone, for any suspected inflow or outflow of funds during the months just before and after April 2012,” said the source.
It is also gathering information on ownership details of two alleged assets in Spain and UK.
The source said the agency will pose questions to Peter on suspicions that he and Indrani had allegedly siphoned off nearly 900 crore to bank accounts in Singapore and probably Hong Kong. The CBI, which has sought the Interpol’s help, said it has been examining if the accounts in Singapore were in Sheena’s name to park allegedly siphoned off or laundered money.
The CBI will also ask Peter about its finding that after the murder, the couple had allegedly “contacted the Mumbai police to seek Sheena’s whereabouts.”
The probe has also revealed that a few days after the murder, when Peter’s son Rahul had visited Indrani’s Worli residence looking for Sheena, one of her aides had received a call from Peter.
“The aide, whose statement has been recorded by the CBI, had told Rahul about his ignorance about Sheena’s whereabouts as he had not visited Indrani’s flat in the days around April 24, 2012. He called up Indrani to inform her that Rahul was looking for Sheena,” said the source. “After 10-15 minutes, Peter also called up the aide from London and enquired if Rahul had come and added that Indrani had weaned Sheena away from Rahul.