Indrani Mukerjea’s driver Shyamvar Rai, an accused-turned-approver in the Sheena Bora murder case, received Rs5 lakh from Indrani’s firm after the murder of Sheena and used the money to buy a plot of land in his native place, claimed Shivaji Kolekar, a witness in the case.
Kolekar’s statement is part of the second supplementary charge sheet that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) filed in the case.
Kolekar, who worked as a driver with Mukerjea’s neighbours, gave a statement to the CBI on February 19 that Rai told him about receiving money from the company.
Kolekar, who now runs his own business of tours and travels, was employed with Mukerjea’s neighbours from July 2008 to April 2015.
He said he was friends with Rai and knew all the house helps of the Mukerjea family. “When Peter Mukerjea’s family left for London, Shyamvar worked in the office of Indrani Mukerjea at Lower Parel. As far as I remember, sometime in 2012, Shyam told me he received Rs5 lakh from the company and purchased land in his native place in Madhya Pradesh,” Kolekar said in his statement.
He added, “There was general talk among the drivers about the relation between Rahul and Sheena. I know that both Sheena and Rahul were in love with each other. They used to visit the flat of Peter Mukerjea. I am aware of quarrels between Peter Mukerjea and Rahul Mukerjea on the issue of love affair of Rahul and Sheena.”
Rai, who is now a witness in the case, had said in his statement that when Indrani asked him for help, she assured him that she would take care of his family’s medical expenses and his children’s education and his job would be permanent.
Sheena, 24, Indrani’s daughter from an earlier relationship, was strangled in a car here in April 2012 allegedly by Indrani, her former husband Sanjeev Khanna and driver.
Her body was then dumped in a forest in neighbouring Raigad district.
The crime came to light last year when Rai was arrested in another case.