A metropolitan magistrate’s court in Mumbai, on Saturday, extended judicial custody of Indrani Mukerjea, the prime accused in the Sheena Bora murder case, and two others till November 7 after their earlier remand ended.
This was the first time all the three accused -- Indrani, her former husband Sanjeev Khanna and former driver Shyamvar Rai -- were produced before the court after the CBI took over the investigation last month.
The CBI lawyer sought a fresh permission to interrogate the trio in jail. The magistrate NB Shinde said it may question them further till November 7.
To a court’s query, the CBI lawyer said the agency had quizzed Indrani twice, but needed to question her further.
CBI has also sought Indrani’s voice sample for verifying call records which purportedly feature her voice. But on Saturday her lawyer Gunjan Mangala said her client had been feeling drowsy and needed proper medical treatment.
Indrani had cooperated with the agency but her medical condition was not good, therefore she should not be interrogated, the lawyer said.
The magistrate then directed CBI to obtain Indrani’s fitness report before interrogating her.
Meanwhile, Sanjeev Khanna’s lawyer Shreyansh Mithare told the court that the CBI officers searched his client in jail before the interrogation. When the judge sought explanation, the investigating officer said they recovered a matchbox and some cigarettes from Khanna’s possession.
However, the magistrate said the CBI cannot conduct a personal search of the accused while he was in judicial custody, but the jail authorities may search him before the interrogation if CBI had any suspicion.