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CBI raids 10 sites to crack Sheena murder mystery

The CBI carried out searches at the premises of former media honcho Peter Mukerjea and his wife Indrani at nine locations in five cities on Monday as part of the Sheena Bora murder probe.

india Updated: Oct 19, 2015 21:17 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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A file photo of Indrani Mukerjea, former CEO of INX Media, who has been arrested for the murder of her daughter. (HT File Photo)

CBI teams on Monday conducted nationwide raids in 10 places to crack the Sheena Bora murder mystery more than three years after she was allegedly killed by her mother, former media tycoon Indrani Mukerjea.

Officers of the premier investigating agency, which recently took over the probe from Mumbai police, searched the Kolkata homes of Sanjeev Khanna, Indrani’s former husband, and that of Sujit Mohan Sarkar, a bodyguard employed earlier by Peter Mukerjea.

The residence of Indrani’s former driver and co-accused in the murder, Shyamvar Rai, was searched at a village in Madhya Pradesh’s Chindwara district. Officers questioned Rai’s family members, including his mother and brothers, and examined property and bank documents.

“This is a part of a nationwide raid. Our officers are searching for evidence,” a CBI officer said.

INX media co-founder Indrani is accused of murdering her 25-year-old daughter on April 24, 2012, with the help of former husband Khanna and driver Rai.

Rai’s arrest on an informer’s tip-off had exposed the gruesome murder — allegedly strangled inside a cab in a narrow Mumbai alley and the body buried in a Raigad forest after being burnt. The driver’s home in Mumbai was also searched.

Rai is in custody along with main accused Indrani and accomplice Khanna. The judicial custody of the trio has been extended till October 31.

In Guwahati, a CBI team quizzed Indrani’s son Mikhail Bora at her paternal home where he lives with his grandfather. “I will fully cooperate with the CBI … the team had not interrogated me. They needed some information from me,” he said.

Teams also swooped down on the residences of Indrani and Peter in Mumbai and Goa.

A PTI report said the CBI was looking for specific corroborative material that cannot be revealed at this stage on the basis of inputs received during the questioning of Indrani, Peter, Khanna and Rai.

The agency has been tasked to unravel the murder motive as one conspiracy theory suggested Sheena was killed for money while another pointed to her live-in affair with Peter’s son from his previous marriage, Rahul. Indrani apparently disapproved of the relationship with her stepson.

Mumbai police had exhumed remains of a body from Raigad forest and later said digital superimposition of Sheena’s profile matched with the recovered skull.

(With inputs from HTC Guwahati)

First Published: Oct 19, 2015 15:54 IST