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Peter Mukherjea faces murder, conspiracy charges in Sheena case

The CBI filed a charge sheet in a Mumbai court against former media baron Peter Mukerjea, arrested in connection with the Sheena Bora murder case.

india Updated: Feb 17, 2016 07:36 IST
Charul Shah
Charul Shah
Hindustan Times
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Indrani Mukerjea and her husband Peter Mukerjea are in Mumbai Police custody for allegedly murdering Sheena Bora and disposing her body in Raigad in 2012.(PTI File Photo)

The CBI’s chargesheet against Peter Mukerjea filed on Tuesday said the former media entrepreneur played an active role in the plot to kill Sheena Bora, his step daughter.

The claim, officials said, was based on records of phone calls made between him and his wife Indrani Mukerjea who is the prime suspect in the murder.

CBI officials said they also have a statement of a “key” witness who revealed how Peter tried to break up Sheena’s relationship with his son Rahul. The witness’s identity has been kept a secret and the deposition given to the court in a sealed envelope as the agency fears Mukerjea may use his “clout” to target him. The agency has also submitted an email of one Prithvi Sanghvi to whom Peter had written that the relationship of Rahul-Sheena was “not correct.”

CBI also attached an email dated May 27, 2012, sent by Peter to Rahul that states, “I maintain my original position Sheena is fine and if somebody asks you ask them to speak to indrani.” This is after the murder, in which Peter is trying to convince Rahul that Sheena is alive and is in US.

CBI has also given bank details of Sheena and Vidhe (Indrani’s daughter with Sanjeev Khanna, also adopted by Peter). The bank statements show from 2005-07 Indrani sent money to both Sheena and Vidhe but Vidhie was paid more than Sheena. This, according to CBI, proves Indrani did not like Sheena much. They have also mentioned that a New Delhi flat owned by Indrani and willed in Sheena’s name was sold by Indrani before the murder in 2012. CBI sources said this establishes Indrani wanted to give Sheena nothing.

The agency has also attached two emails of Sheena to her close friends, dated 26/8/09 and 28/8/09.In the first email Sheena says Indrani tried her level best to see she (Sheena) lost her job and even contacted higher ups in Reliance for that. In the second email, she calls Indrani a B**** and witch and how she was not a good mother and tortured her.

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First Published: Feb 16, 2016 18:14 IST