Rahul Mukerjea, son of former media baron Peter Mukerjea, said on Saturday that charges against his father in the Sheena Bora murder case were “outrageous”.
“Charges against him (Peter) are absolutely outrageous,” said Rahul as he emerged from the CBI office in south Mumbai.
Peter, husband of key accused Indrani Mukerjea, was on Thursday arrested by the CBI, which then filed its charge-sheet in the case in a magistrate court.
Peter has been charged with criminal conspiracy. He has also been accused of destroying evidence and lying to protect his wife Indrani.
Seeking Peter’s remand, the CBI had told the court on Friday that he was allegedly involved in the conspiracy with his wife and had played an active and important role in the commission of the offence and also misled his son Rahul to hide the fact that Sheena was murdered.
Rahul, who was in a relationship with Sheena, had said that Peter’s arrest had come as a “shock” for him. “I don’t believe he knew (anything about the murder)... otherwise I wouldn’t be here,” he told reporters outside the court.
The probe agency had also told the court that Peter was in continuous touch with Indrani prior to, during and after the murder.
Suggesting a financial angle to the alleged murder of the 24-year-old in April 2012, the charge-sheet said that fear of Sheena inheriting the entire property of her and her husband in the event of the victim’s marriage to Peter’s son Rahul was the prime motive for Indrani to murder her daughter.
Indrani, who is said to have a soft corner for Vidhie, her daughter with former husband Sanjeev Khanna, feared that the entire property might go to Sheena and Rahul if they were married, the charge-sheet said.
“…she planned a conspiracy with Khanna and her driver Shyam Rai to kill Sheena Bora,” the charge-sheet added.