Indrani Mukerjea is not cooperating with the investigation, her former husband Sanjeev Khanna has been silent on crucial questions and her driver Shyamvar Rai is refusing to divulge the amount he was paid for his part in the murder — these are the reasons why the Mumbai police plans to seek an extension to their police custody when all three are produced before the court on Monday.
Police sources said the case is based on circumstantial evidence because the murder was committed three years ago.
There are some things that are going right for the police in their investigation. For instance, Rai took the police to the spot where Sheena’s body was allegedly burnt in Pen, Raigad, where they found some of the remains. This works in the favour of the police. However, if the DNA tests do not match, the case falls flat.
Even though the driver has admitted to his part in the plot, he is not telling the police how much he was paid for it. As per sources, seizure of any money will strengthen the case.
In Khanna’s case, there is lot of evidence with his flight travel, his booking at Hotel Hilltop in Worli in April 2012, where he stayed on the night of the murder.
Khanna has also confessed to his part in the murder, but has so far refused to give motive or tell the police if he received any money or assurance. The police are looking at his call records, emails and bank details. Also, mobile phone locations of the accused on April 23, 24 and 25 in 2012 are also being checked.
Indrani, however, has proved to be the toughest nut to crack for the police. They said she is refusing to be a part of the plot in which Sheena was murdered.
Her constantly changing statements are keeping the policemen on their toes even though the driver has already named her in his statement, which eventually led to Indrani’s arrest. Also, a lot of circumstantial evidence like Indrani’s stepson Rahul Mukerjea’s statement saying he dropped Sheena off at Bandra where her mother picked her up as well as mobile phone locations may work against her, but more evidence needs to be collected strengthen the case against her.