Maharashtra govt transfers Sheena Bora murder case to CBI
The Maharashtra government on Friday referred the Sheena Bora murder probe to the CBI, just days after the transfer of the Mumbai police commissioner probing the case raised a controversy.india Updated: Sep 21, 2015 10:53 IST
The Maharashtra government on Friday referred the Sheena Bora murder probe to the CBI, just days after the transfer of the Mumbai top cop probing the case raised a major controversy.
Announcing the decision, Maharashtra home secretary K P Bakshi said the decision was taken with the view that there could be a financial motive behind the murder.
“It cannot be seen merely as a murder case. We believe that there are economic offences linked to the murder. There should be a complete probe, “ Bakshi said.
The state governments decision was based on the report sent by director general of police (DGP) Sanjeev Dayal who was asked to review the case.
Bakshi said the state government would hand over all the documents and evidences connected to the case as soon as the CBI expresses its willingness to take up the case.
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.
Senior officer Rakesh Maria, who as Mumbai police commissioner was probing the murder and had interrogated the accused, was promoted and transferred to the non-descript post of director general of Home Guards while at the helm of the case.
He was replaced by Ahmed Javed, a DG-rank official, who took over after the post of Mumbai Police commissioner was upgraded to accomodate him.
Javed was reportedly not interested in handling the Sheena Bora murder probe. He also revealed that he knew in person Indrani and her husband and television baron Peter Mukerjea, who was also questioned in the case.
This apparently put the government in a fix as reports said that Maria too was no longer interested in the case, though the home secretary clarified that the government never crosschecked this with him.
“We are of the opinion that neither the past CP nor the present CP should be in the probe,” he said.
Bakshi said at the press conference that the government wanted to send out the message that nothing will infuence the outcome of the case.
“However big the case, whoever is involved, there will be no interference. This is the message we wanted to send out to the public,” he said.
First Published: Sep 18, 2015 18:17 IST