CBI may seek info from Indrani’s acquaintances, two IPS officers

  • Abhishek Sharan, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Dec 04, 2015 09:01 IST
Indrani Mukerjea produced by the CBI at the Esplanade court in Mumbai on November 20 in connection with the Sheena Bora murder case. (PTI Photo)

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is probing the 2012 murder of Sheena Bora, may seek information on aspects related to the wider conspiracy surrounding the case from two West Bengal-cadre Indian Police Service (IPS) officers who were in touch with key accused Indrani Mukerjea.

The two IPS officers allegedly knew Indrani as “friends” at a time when she had moved to West Bengal from her hometown Guwahati. “We are verifying information drawn from old acquaintances of Indrani, who spoke to the CBI, about her ties with a high-profile group of businessmen and government officials in Kolkata, including two state-cadre IPS officers,” a CBI source said.

Indrani allegedly came in contact with the IPS officers when she was still married to businessman and co-accused Sanjeev Khanna, according to the source. Indrani subsequently moved to Mumbai and married ex-media baron Peter Mukerjea in 2002.

“We would like to know if Indrani had maintained contacts with the two IPS officers even after shifting to Mumbai, (and) if they have any information to offer that may throw more light on the wider conspiracy, including the financial motive,” said the source, adding that “certain old acquaintances of Indrani have described her as an ambitious person and that Peter had helped her establish her business ventures in Mumbai, which brought them closer.”

The agency suspects there is a financial motive behind the murder of Sheena, who was allegedly strangled in April 2012 by Indrani, Khanna and her then driver Shyamwar Rai, according to CBI’s case chargesheet submitted in a Mumbai court last month.

The agency has sought information from Interpol on possible bank accounts in Hong Kong and Singapore that Indrani opened in Sheena’s name. The CBI is verifying if said account/s held funds whose ownership could have led to a dispute resulting in the crime.

The agency is also likely to re-examine a former employee of Indrani who apparently knew that Sheena and her brother Mikhail Bora were the former’s children and not siblings. “Indrani had closely guarded the information that Sheena and Mikhail were her children from all, including Peter, but a former employee knew about it,” another source said.

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