The Bombay high court on Wednesday rejected the bail plea filed by Peter Mukerjea, former media baron and an accused in the Sheena Bora murder case.
Justice NV Sambre, who was hearing the plea, however, will record the reasons for having rejected the plea on Thursday.
Earlier, a sessions court too had rejected his bail plea on two separate occasions.
On Tuesday, Mukerjea, through his counsel Abad Ponda, urged the HC to grant him a hearing, saying that the CBI had filed a supplementary charge sheet in the case.
During the hearing on Wednesday, the CBI opposed Mukerjea’s bail plea saying that it was yet to investigate certain offshore transactions and businesses co-owned by Mukerjea and his wife Indrani Mukerjea, a prime accused in the case.
Appearing for the CBI, additional solicitor general Anil Singh said that Mukerjea was “someone so influential that he had managed to prevent a murder case from being registered for three-and-a-half years. Thus, if let out on bail, he was likely to adversely influence the probe.”
Singh also argued that there was adequate evidence to prove that Mukerjea was opposed to the relationship between his son Rahul and Sheena, daughter of Indrani.
The lawyer said, like Indrani, Mukerjea wanted to separate Sheena and Rahul which gave him the motive for the murder.
“Besides, Mukerjea co-owned businesses and assets worth crores with Indrani. So, he obviously wouldn’t want to displease her,” Singh told the court.
Ponda, meanwhile, argued that his plea was only to seek bail and not to determine his guilt. He went on to say that Mukerjea had had “no hatred towards Sheena and that he was fooled by Indrani and kept in dark”.
“Peter Mukerjea only objected to Rahul and Sheena’s living together. But when he came to know about the betrothal, Mukerjea sent a blessing message to him,” Ponda said.
“He was fooled by Indrani till 2013 for she made him believe that Sheena was alive and was in some foreign country. Peter Mukerjea had no clue of the murder and the confessional statement of Indrani’s driver Shyamwar Rai supports this argument and exonerates Peter Mukerjea completely,” Ponda said.