Mumbai police officials, who have seized the laptops and mobile phones of Indrani Mukerjea and Sanjeev Khanna and are scanning the records of the calls, texts and emails, now believe that the two plotted the murder of Indrani’s daughter Sheena Bora over the video conferencing software Skype. The Khar police, who produced all three suspects – Indrani, Sanjeev and driver Shyamwar Rai – before a Bandra court on Monday, told the court that Indrani and Sanjeev spoke over Skype several times.
A police source said Indrani and Sanjeev, whose marriage ended 14 year ago, got back in touch after their daughter Vidhie once visited Kolkata, and began to exchange occasional phone calls. Their relationship improved markedly in January 2012, the source added, after which they spoke more regularly.
During one such chat, Indrani allegedly told Sanjeev she was afraid that Sheena was to marry Rahul Mukerjea, her husband Peter’s son from a previous marriage, Vidhie would lose a considerable share in Peter’s assets.
After Indrani convinced Sanjeev to help her kill both Sheena and Mikhail, she travelled to England with Peter in April 2012, the source added. While in England, she used Skype to communicate with Sanjeev and the two allegedly discussed the plan to murder Sheena and Mikhail. Khar police officials are trying to find out if the two accused used Skype to ensure that their conversations were not recorded.
Investigators said that the nature of VoIP (voice-over-internet protocol) calls make it difficult to trace the identity or location of callers. The internet protocol (computer addresses) of people who use VoIP are assigned dynamically, which means they change constantly.However, the latest forensic tools, which the police have in their arsenal, can sift through VOIP calls made from a phone, laptop or desktop computer. The police are now in the process of gathering evidence from their calls.