Sheena murder: Sanjeev Khanna’s lawyer to question Rai’s confession
In the confession, Rai has given a detailed account of how Sheena was murdered by Indrani and Khanna on April 24, 2012Updated: Jul 04, 2016, 00:45 IST
The lawyer of Sanjeev Khanna, an accused in the murder of Sheena Bora, will question the confession of accused-turned-approver Shyamwar Rai against other evidence, while arguing for Khanna’s bail on Monday.
In the confession, Rai has given a detailed account of how Sheena was murdered by Indrani and Khanna on April 24, 2012.
Khanna’s lawyer Shreyansh Mithare said Rai’s confession seems tutored. “It is highly impossible for a person to remember such minor details after a lapse of so many years. Further, the confession has to be compared with the other evidence presented by the CBI in the charge sheet,” Mithare said, adding that they would argue for Khanna’s bail on Monday.
Khanna applied for bail earlier this year, but waited for a copy of Rai’s confession to start the argument. On Friday, the court handed over a copy of the statement to all accused – Sheena’s mother Indrani Mukerjea, Indrani’s ex-husband Khanna and Indrani’s husband Peter Mukerjea.
Meanwhile, Peter’s bail plea is scheduled to come up for hearing before the Bombay high court during the week.
“The confession proves that Peter was not connected with the murder,” said his lawyer Mihir Gheewala after reading the contents of the statement on Friday. Rai has not mentioned anything about the role played
by Peter. However, according to the CBI, Peter was one of the conspirators and was aware of every step taken by his wife.
“The confession does not support the case against Peter. There is no mention of a single call or conversation with Peter, as alleged by the CBI. It proves Peter was not involved in the conspiracy,” Gheewala said, adding the confession would help them while arguing for Peter’s bail before the Bombay high court.
After Rai’s statement, the defence will also try to get the statement of witnesses number 33 (name and identity of the witness protected as the CBI indicated threat to the witness).