Several crucial questions about the Sheena Bora murder remained unanswered at the time of top cop Rakesh Maria’s transfer and there are now apprehensions that the probe could lose steam with the state saying other cases should receive equal attention.
In his last briefing before he was promoted and transferred to the post of director general of Home Guards, former Mumbai Police commissioner Maria told reporters outside Khar police station that Indrani Mukerjea’s husband Peter was being questioned about his finances and those of INX Media, the company he co-owned with his wife.
Peter was questioned thrice, and on all the occasions, the interrogation lasted more than 10 hours. The aim was to find if a financial angle was the motive behind Indrani allegedly killing her daughter Sheena Bora.
With Maria’s transfer on Tuesday, there is little clarity whether police have continued questioning Peter. There has also been no official comment on the case from new Mumbai police commissioner Ahmad Javed.
At the time of Maria’s transfer, the probe was yet to find answers to several questions about the murder, motive and money trail and no new developments were reported on Wednesday or Thursday.
Sheena Bora was allegedly murdered in a plot hatched by her mother and INX co-founder Indrani, along with her former husband Sanjeev Khanna and driver Shyamwar Rai on April 24, 2012.
Peter cooperated with the investigation and visited Khar police station with documents detailing the money and properties the Mukerjeas held.
In his last briefing, Maria also said he wrote to central agencies and the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) to scrutinise documents related to the finances of the Mukerjeas.
The reason Maria had called on central agencies to probe the financial aspects was because the investigation required the involvement of a central agency such as the Enforcement Directorate, which is authorised to probe money laundering, said police sources.
Since Khanna’s arrest, Mumbai Police have also been looking into whether the money for a bar and kitchen he set up had any connection with Sheena’s murder.