Minutes after allegedly abducting and strangulating her 25-year-old daughter Sheena Bora on the evening of April 24, 2012 in Mumbai, Indrani Mukerjea had made a bid on the life of her son Mikhail as per the original plan at her Mumbai flat but the plan got aborted, according to the CBI’s charge sheet filed on Thursday, a copy of which is with HT.
The charge sheet also provided the murder’s motive: Indrani allegedly hatched a plan to kill Sheena since she was afraid that after the latter’s engagement with Rahul in October 2011, the duo will get to inherit the entire property of the former’s husband and former Star India CEO Peter Mukerjea “as Peter liked his son.”
The plan to kill Mikhail got allegedly shelved because he, Sheena’s own brother, had not lost consciousness despite consuming “lot of liquor” that was served to him by Indrani at her Worli flat to make him unconscious before murdering him, according to CBI. Indrani’s driver Shamwar Rai confessed to the CBI also that after Indrani lured him into the murder conspiracy with inducements including a payment of `1.25 lakh, along with ex-husband Sanjeev Khanna, she sought the former’s assistance in killing both Sheena and Mikhail, the CBI found.
In its charge sheet filed on Thursday, the CBI said, “Dead body of Sheena Bora was kept inside the bag by Indrani Mukerjea and Sanjeev Khanna and was transferred from car to garage by Sanjeev and (driver) Shyamvar Rai.”
The charge sheet said, “When Shyamvar arrived along with Sanjeev in the flat of Indrani, Mikhail was having liquor with Indrani. Indrani was concerned that Mikhail had consumed a lot of liquor but did not become unconscious.” It also said, “Sanjeev suggested that they would see him later on as it would be difficult to carry two dead bodies at two different places.”