Sheena Bora murder: Trial likely to begin from February 23
Rejecting the prosecution’s argument that safety of witnesses in the Sheen Bora murder case would be compromised if their names were revealed, a special court on Saturday directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to share the names with the defence lawyers by February 17.mumbai Updated: Feb 04, 2017 23:55 IST
Rejecting the prosecution’s argument that safety of witnesses in the Sheen Bora murder case would be compromised if their names were revealed, a special court on Saturday directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to share the names with the defence lawyers by February 17.
The trial may start from February 23 with deposition of the first witness.
The court on January 17 charged former media tycoons Indrani and Peter Mukerjea and her first husband Sanjeev Khanna with murdering her daughter Sheena.
The CBI had in the previous hearing submitted more than 200 documents which it will use as evidence but refused to share the list of witnesses in advance.
Defending withholding of the names, the CBI counsel argued that the witnesses may be harassed by the media for interviews. "This will compromise the security of witnesses. We will only give the names of a couple of witnesses only a day before the hearing," said Bharat Badami, the special public prosecutor
The defence lawyers, however, argued they needed to prepare their strategy for cross-examination of witnesses.
Meanwhile, the defence lawyers refused to admit any of the documents brought by the prosecution.
The court adjourned the hearing until February 17 when the central agency may reveal the name of the witnesses.
According to the prosecution, Sheena, 24, was allegedly murdered in 2012, but the case came to light in 2015 after Indrani’s driver Shyamwar Rai was arrested. Sheena was killed on April 23, 2012 allegedly by Indrani, Khanna and Rai.
After burning Sheena’s body, the accused allegedly disposed it in a forest in Maharashtra’s Raigad district, around 110 km from Mumbai.