The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was set to fly to Delhi ex-media baron Peter Mukerjea, an accused in the murder of his step-daughter Sheena Bora, for possible lie detector tests, sources at the agency said on Monday.
Mukerjea, the husband of key accused Indrani whose daughter was killed in 2012, is in the custody of the CBI till November 26.
The agency had arrested Peter last week for his suspected role in the murder conspiracy, which required “custodial interrogation” to ascertain his involvement.
Peter was arrested on Thursday after the agency filed a chargesheet – which named Indrani, her ex-husband Sanjeev Khanna and driver Shyamwar Rai – in a Mumbai special court. Mukerjea could be put through scientific tests, including polygraph and brain-mapping, at the city-based Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) during his stay in Delhi, a source said. The CBI, however, did not confirm such a possibility.
When contacted, a CBI spokesperson said, “The accused is being brought to Delhi tonight. It would not be proper to reveal anything beyond this at this stage.”
Peter has denied possessing any knowledge of the crime.
According to the CBI chargesheet, Indrani had allegedly named Sheena as the owner of a Delhi flat in her will in 2004, but later sold it in 2010. The source said the CBI is currently examining the genuineness of the flat’s documents, including the signatures on them.
The CBI probe found that Indrani had allegedly hatched the conspiracy with Khanna and Rai after Sheena got engaged to Peter’s son Rahul in October 2011. Indrani allegedly suspected that Sheena and Rahul will corner most of Peter’s assets as the latter doted on his son, the chargesheet stated.