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Trial in Sheena Bora murder case to begin on February 23

Paving the way for the trial in the Sheena Bora murder case to begin on February 23, the prosecution on Friday gave the names of three witnesses they are likely to produce in court, to the lawyers of the three accused.

mumbai Updated: Feb 18, 2017 00:53 IST
Charul Shah
The prosecution gave the list to the lawyers of former media tycoons Indrani and Peter Mukerjea and her first husband Sanjeev Khanna.
The prosecution gave the list to the lawyers of former media tycoons Indrani and Peter Mukerjea and her first husband Sanjeev Khanna. (HT)

Paving the way for the trial in the Sheena Bora murder case to begin on February 23, the prosecution on Friday gave the names of three witnesses they are likely to produce in court, to the lawyers of the three accused.

The prosecution gave the list to the lawyers of former media tycoons Indrani and Peter Mukerjea and her first husband Sanjeev Khanna.

The court, on the demand of the prosecution, has asked the lawyers to keep the names of these witnesses secret until they appear before court to testify, to avoid any complications in the case. The prosecution said it will bring the first witness before court on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the special CBI judge HS Mahajan on Friday passed an order directing all the accused to first approach the jail authorities in case of any documentation work and communication to be made with any authorities, for example, a bank.

The move came after Peter alleged that Indrani had forged his signatures on a letter to the bank. Meanwhile, Indrani had taken permission of the court to sign some of the documents.

The lawyer of Khanna – Shreyansh Mithare — said that after the order, the accused will now have to first approach the jailer for permission to sign any documents, cheque or letter to be sent to any authorities. The court has said that only in a case where the jailer feels, he can refer the issue to the court, Mithare said.

Peter had alleged that Indrani forged his sign on two letters sent to two banks — Syndicate Bank, Worli and ANZ Bank, New Zealand. The couple holds joint bank accounts and around 49 NRE fixed deposit accounts with these banks. In these alleged letters, Peter’s lawyer Mihir Gheewala said Peter had written to the banks that he would like to relinquish his rights.

The special CBI judge HS Mahajan had also directed the banks to not accept any such request without any personal confirmation.

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