A day after Peter Mukerjea, former Star India CEO and INX co-founder, was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for the murder of Sheena Bora, he will be produced before a special court on Friday. Peter’s brother Gautam and son Rahul reached the court in the morning.
The central investigating agency is likely to seek Mukerjea’s custody on the grounds of the discrepancies in his statements. Further, the CBI is also seeking answers on whether Mukherjee was involved in destroying any evidence.
The former media honcho has been booked under Indian Penal Code section 201 which deals with causing disappearance of evidence of offence, or giving false information to screen offender.
Meanwhile, Peter’s son from previous marriage Rahul Mukerjea, who was questioned since yesterday left the CBI office on Mumbai on Friday morning. Peter’s brother Gautam Mukerjea also visited the CBI office at around 9am and left in an hour. Soon after, Rahul also left the office.
Sheena, 24, the daughter of Indrani Mukerjea from a previous marriage, was strangled inside a car and her body was dumped in the Raigad forest outside Mumbai three years ago.
The CBI chargesheet named Indrani, her former husband Sanjeev Khanna and driver Shyamvar Rai as accused. They were all arrested in August this year, after Rai allegedly confessed while he was being interrogated in a different case.
Peter’s arrest gives a new twist to the sensational case, which was personally supervised by the then Mumbai police commissioner Rakesh Maria, and later handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation(CBI) by the Maharashtra Government considering a suspected money trail.
The CBI chargesheet, running into more than 1,000 pages and containing statements of 150 witnesses, 200 documents and seven statements recorded before magistrate, was submitted before magistrate RV Adone at Esplanade court in South Mumbai.
The agency has charged Indrani, Khanna and Rai with criminal conspiracy to kidnap, murder, cheating, destruction of evidence, forgery and use of forged documents, besides violation of provisions of Information Technology Act.