Former media mogul Peter Mukerjea, arrested for allegedly suppressing information in the murder of his step-daughter Sheena Bora, was on Tuesday sent to judicial confinement till December 14 even before his CBI custody ended.
Peter has already spent 11 of the 14 days he was supposed to be in CBI custody. A police or investigating agency can keep a suspect in its custody for two weeks but the period can be extended if a court permits, usually for more interrogation and tests.
“Hold me as long as you want, I am not guilty of anything,” Peter was heard telling CBI officials on Monday. A day later, his lawyers told the court he won’t mind spending the remainder of his three days in CBI custody.
But the CBI didn’t seek an extension — a surprising move because the central agency earlier said it needed time to investigate the nine bank accounts that Peter and wife Indrani had allegedly opened in Singapore and Hong Kong. It wanted to investigate if any of these accounts were in Sheena’s name.
The motive behind the murder of 24-year-old Sheena on April 24, 2012, was not yet known, but the CBI suspects a deep-rooted money angle.
CBI counsel Bharat Badami said the agency expect Interpol information on these accounts.
Sheena was allegedly murdered by mother Indrani, along with her ex-husband Sanjeev Khanna and driver Shyam Rai. According to investigation reports, she was strangled at an isolated place in the plush Pali Hill locality and the body was burnt and buried in a Raigad forest.
The CBI arrested Peter primarily for inconsistencies in his statements. Till now, the agency has not been able to produce any foolproof evidence against him.