Sheena murder: Police track Khanna's money to establish motive

  • Rahul Mahajani, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Sep 03, 2015 21:45 IST
A file photo of Indrani Mukerjea who was arrested on Tuesday by Mumbai Police for allegedly murdering her daughter Sheena and disposing of the body in Raigad in 2012. (PTI Photo)

Mumbai police believe the sensational murder of Sheena Bora allegedly by her mother Indrani Mukerjea was financially motivated and are days away from establishing a motive, sources said on Tuesday, as investigators scanned the former media tycoon’s ex-husband Sanjeev Khanna’s bank details for clues.

Three police teams have been camped in West Bengal, Guwahati and Jharkhand to comb through Khanna’s financial statements and investment papers to unearth a financial motive behind the gruesome murder.

The wife of former Star India CEO Peter Mukerjea was reportedly unhappy about Sheena and her step-son Rahul Mukerjea being in a relationship and feared if they married, Peter would transfer his wealth to the due and her daughter with Khanna, Vidhie, would be excluded, sources said. This allegedly made her convince Khanna to kill Sheena, they added.

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The high-profile murder has gripped the nation since Indrani was arrested on August 25 in connection with Sheena’s death, three years after the 24-year-old was strangled and her body burnt and dumped in a forest in Raigad.

Investigators say the crime was allegedly carried out by the INX media co-founder, her driver Shyam Rai and Khanna.

Officials said they were given to believe Indrani was planning an off-shore venture in Singapore, for which she had asked Sheena to give back money the former media tycoon had allegedly parked in the daughter’s account.


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An expert team of officers is attempting to put together the pieces of the financial puzzle while two other teams are busy gathering documents. Police also said Khanna received direct cash payment to get involved in the murder and were ascertaining the exact amount.

Apart from unearthing possible business ventures, officers feel banking details, sale deeds, and MoU’s signed by Khanna after April 24, 2012 -- the day Sheena's body was reportedly dumped -- would unravel the motive.

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