Media Baron Peter Mukerjea has accused his wife Indrani of trying to gain control of their joint bank accounts by forgery.
A few days ago, one of the local banks in which Peter held a joint account with Indrani, called to inform that they had received a letter from Peter relinquishing all rights to the joint accounts and fix deposits held by the couple.
“We were shocked as Peter had not shared any such detail with us. We immediately met Peter in jail where he denied to have signed any such letter,” said Peter’s lawyer Mihir Gheewala.
Apparently, earlier this month, Syndicate Bank in Worli and ANZ Bank in New Zealand received a letter signed by Peter in which he asked the banks to remove his name from the joint accounts which he held with his wife. The letter further read that he relinquished his right to assets and funds linked to the account. With this, the letter allegedly stated, Peter also agreed to relinquish his rights and claims in future for the two fix deposits held by the couple in these banks. According to sources, all the fixed deposits held by the couple are due for maturity only in 2018 -19.
After Peter realised the fraud, his lawyers moved the court for issuing directions to the bank and sought to inspect the letters and bank documents that Indrani had signed a few days ago.
“After we inspected the documents we found that of the four letters, two of them were written to banks on Peter’s behalf in Indrani’s handwriting. But, the letters had Peter’s signature,” Gheewala said.
Hearing this plea, special CBI judge HS Mahajan has issued a direction to the banks not to accept any such request without any personal confirmation.
Meanwhile, Indrani’s lawyer Gunjan Mangala has denied the allegations. She said that she would have to speak to Indrani and then move an appropriate application before the court.