All eyes would be on the CBI when it produces former media baron Peter Mukerjea for his alleged role in Sheena Bora’s murder before the court on Monday.
The onus will be on the investigative agency to substantiate charges of conspiracy levelled against Peter or it will have to file a discharge application that would absolve him of the charges.
However, CBI sources said it is highly unlikely that the agency would let Peter off the hook as it continued to question him and pile evidences against him. The CBI has found that Peter, who was in the UK and later holidaying with his adopted daughter Vidhie in Rome, had come to Mumbai on April 28, 2012, three days after Sheena was murdered.
After disposing Sheena’s body, Indrani, her ex-husband Sanjeev Khanna and driver Shyamvar Rai had returned to Mumbai. On April 27, 2012 Indrani and Khanna had left for Kolkata, but the very next day Indrani returned to Mumbai to receive Peter, and the same day both of them went to Goa.
The CBI wants to have more clarity on why Peter returned to Mumbai three days after the murder. The agency has found that Peter and Indrani stayed in Goa till May 1, before going to UK.
Peter’s complicity in Sheena’s murder was nailed after Rahul Mukerjea, his son from his first wife Shabnam, showed CBI officials cellphone conversations of his father and Indrani that he had recorded on his Blackberry phone.
Peter had told Rahul that he had spoken to Sheena who was in Los Angeles, said CBI sources. It was as per Indrani’s game plan after she killed Sheena in 2012.
Rahul had saved the conversations after his mother Shabnam had advised him to do so, and had kept the mobile phone with him. He has given the phone to the CBI and it will be a part of the evidence.
This was after he got a text message purpotedly from Sheena, saying she was breaking up with him. This was a couple of days after she was already murdered.
However, when Rahul called up on the number, his calls went unanswered. According to sources close to the investigation, Rahul then called up Indrani who told him Sheena had gone to the US.
Meanwhile, the CBI has found that Indrani had procured a “firearm” and kept it in the car in which Sheena was killed.
The charge sheet also adds that when the three accused set off to execute the crime, “a big bag and a firearm” were also “kept in the car”. “This firearm was received by the driver from a person from Kolkata on the instruction of Indrani in the second week of April 2012,” said the charge sheet.