Sheena Bora murder: 'Cash may have exchanged hands via hawala channels'

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Sep 19, 2015 10:38 IST
A combination photo of Indrani Mukerjea and her daughter Sheena Bora. (PTI Photo)

Police officers investigating Sheena Bora’s murder suspect that the monetary transactions in the case may have been done through hawala channels. The investigators said there are no records of any such transactions and only a thorough financial scrutiny can help reveal the alleged cash flow.

A special team of chartered accountants, auditors, officers from the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) and other experts are minutely examining the account books of all ventures actively handled by Indrani Mukerjea, co-founder of INX Media.

The officers, however, said it will be a daunting task to track down the possible hawala transactions, years after the crime has been committed. Hawala transactions can be best unearthed when the money is confiscated while changing hands, they added.

“Also, there are overseas business transactions which can be investigated under the provisions of the Prevention Of Money Laundering Act that is in the ambit of the Enforcement Directorate (ED). So the ED too has been informed,” said a police officer privy to the investigation, who did not wish to be named.

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Another important aspect of the probe is the technical data, including e-mails and records from social networking website. The officers have sought details of e-mails and chats, which will help throw light on the conspiracy.

“Indrani and Sanjeev Khanna made video calls to allegedly plot the murder. While the conversations they had cannot be retrieved, the log records of these video calls can be obtained. E-mails and social networking profiles may also help connect loose ends,” added the officer.

A team from Khar police found three pairs of gumboots allegedly used in the murder from Khanna’s Kolkata residence last week. The officials learnt that though Indrani and Khanna had decided to dispose them, they ended up in Khanna’s luggage and reached Kolkata. The cops have retrieved the bills from the store where the gumboots were bought in 2012.

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Police said the efforts to find CCTV camera footages of the car travelling outside Mumbai with Sheena’s body from toll nakas did not yield results as the records are not stored beyond a year. Also, videos were not available from the hotel in Worli, where Khanna would stay while in Mumbai, they added.

Search for evidence continues
* The hired Chevrolet in which Sheena Bora was strangled to death was washed by the accused before returning to the car company

* The accused had kept Sheena’s body in the car (registration number MH01-MA-2605) after she was murdered

* After the body was dumped in Pen, Raigad district, the accused washed the car

* Forensic reports of the car yet to be out. Officers though are not expecting anything positive

* Details of e-mails and records from social networking profiles of the accused and Sheena sought to ascertain what conspired ahead of the murder.

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