He had overheard the conversation which took place between Peter and Indrani pertaining to Sheena.
Media tycoon Peter Mukerjea who has been charged with the murder and kidnapping of his step-daughter Sheena Bora has been sent to CBI custody a day after his arrest. The CBI which arrested Peter informed the court of Metropolitan Magistrate that he was involved in a conspiracy with his wife Indrani and had played an active role in the murder of Sheena. Arrested driver of Indrani Mukerjea, Shyamvar Rai had provided vital clues to CBI which led to the arrest of Peter Mukherjea. Thus so far four persons have been arrested in this case. He has been sent to CBI custody by a local court till Monday. According to CBI, Peter was aware about Sheena’s death and was trying to shield the accused Indrani. He has been charged under Section 302 (murder), Sections 120 B (criminal conspiracy), 306 (Abetment of suicide) and 363 (kidnapping) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Sheena was Indrani’s daughter from her first marriage.
Shyamvar Rai told the CBI, “Peter knew everything about Sheena Bora. I also had overheard the conversation which took place between Peter and Indrani pertaining to Sheena.”
The Metropolitan Magistrate also transferred the trial in the case to a sessions court here and directed the three accused–Indrani Mukerjea, her former husband Sanjeev Khanna and driver Shyamvar Rai– be produced there on December 3.
“The case is committed to CBI court and jail officials are directed to produce them to the sessions court,” ordered Mumbai Metropolitan Magistrate RV Adone before whom the trio were produced.
Though Peter was earlier interrogated by the Mumbai Police, he had consistently maintained that he was unaware of what happened to Sheena as Indrani had told him that she was abroad.
The CBI, which filed its chargesheet three months after Sheena Bora’s remains were found in a forest near Mumbai in August this year, has charged Indrani, Khanna and Rai with criminal conspiracy to kidnap, murder, cheating, destruction of evidence, forgery and use of forged documents besides violation of provisions of Information Technology Act.
Sheena was allegedly murdered by her mother Indrani, Khanna and Rai in April 2012. The body of the 24-year-old was dumped in a forest in the neighbouring Raigad district.
Meanwhile, Peter’s son Rahul Mukerjea, who had come to attend the court hearing said that his father’s arrest came as a “shock” to him.
“I don’t believe he knew (anything about the murder)..otherwise I wouldn’t be here,” he said.