An anonymous caller, whose tip-off led to Mumbai police blowing the lid off the Sheena Bora murder case, could hold the key to several questions as investigators dig deeper into the grisly murder which has gripped the nation for more than a week.
Police have traced the call, made to Mumbai police commissioner Rakesh Maria, somewhere in western Uttar Pradesh. Officials believe identifying this caller could help police make crucial breakthroughs in the case involving media entrepreneur Indrani Mukerjea, her former husband Sanjeev Khanna and her driver Shyam Rai.
Indrani, wife of former Star India CEO Peter Mukerjea, is accused of murdering her daughter Sheena with the help of Khanna and Rai in April 2012.
Once traced, the anonymous caller will be roped in as a key witness, a source in the home department told Hindustan Times.
“The police are trying to trace the caller. They believe he or she can share vital information and throw some light on the case. They also want to establish if it was animosity, a property dispute or something else that prompted the caller to lift the lid off the case. The caller may also prove to be an important witness,” the source added.
The home department is, from time to time, apprised of the progress of the investigation and is “satisfied” with the way the police are handling it, according to the source.
The department has also directed completion of a probe against the Raigad police on a deadline.
Police in Raigad have been accused of negligence after it had recovered human skeletal remains from a forested area in Pen tehsil, days after Sheena was allegedly murdered and her body disposed.
The place where the skeletal remains were found corresponds to the place pointed out by Indrani’s driver Rai, who has said that they had burnt the body after she was murdered in a car driven by him.
“Director general of police Sanjeev Dayal has been asked to complete the probe in a specific amount of time. The investigating officers have been asked to check whether the local police intentionally hushed up the matter or whether it was a case of dereliction of duty. It will be also investigated if there was any political pressure involved in keeping the matter under wraps. If found guilty, the policemen responsible will face stern action,” said another officer from the home department.
Indrani, who had introduced Sheena as her sister, had claimed after the alleged murder that the 24-year-old was in the US to pursue her higher studies.