Former media baron Peter Mukerjea, arrested in the Sheena Bora murder case, will be produced in court on Monday when his judicial custody ends.
A magistrate court in Mumbai had, on December 28, extended Mukerjea’s custody till January 11 after his advocate sought extension saying that the investigation is in the crucial stage.
In another development on January 5, a special CBI court had directed the central investigating agency to file its reply on the bail application filed by Mukerjea by January 16.
In his bail application, filed a day earlier through his lawyer Kushal Mor, Peter had said that CBI had found no evidence to justify his arrest, though it had his custody for 11 days and even subjected him to psycho-analysis and polygraph tests.
Peter had also dismissed the charge that he misled his son Rahul (with whom Sheena was in a relationship) about her whereabouts after her disappearance.
The bail application also said that Peter was in UK from April 23-26, 2012, with Vidhie (Indrani’s daughter from marriage with former husband Sanjeev Khanna), the application says, adding that mere phone calls between him and Indrani in this period do not suggest conspiracy.
Peter, 59, husband of prime accused Indrani Mukerjea, was arrested on November 19 for his alleged role in the murder case and was in CBI custody for two weeks following which he was granted judicial remand.
He has been kept at the high-security Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai, where other two accused in the case -- Indrani’s former husband Sanjeev Khanna and her driver Shyamvar Rai -- are also lodged.
He was later taken to Delhi by CBI for conducting a polygraph test on him and brought back to Mumbai.
Sheena (24) was allegedly strangled in a car and then her body burnt and dumped in a forest in Raigad, about 84 kms from Mumbai.
Indrani (43), Sanjeev Khanna and Shyamvar Rai have been chargesheeted in the case. The victim was Indrani’s daughter from an earlier relationship.
CBI, while maintaining that financial transaction was the motive behind the murder of Sheena, had earlier said that Peter, during his interrogation, disclosed investments of crores of rupees made by him and Indrani and is expecting information from Interpol on the details of an account opened by Indrani in a bank in Hong Kong.
(With inputs from PTI)