Indrani Mukerjea’s former husband Sanjeev Khanna, arrested in connection with Sheena Bora murder case, on Thursday approached the Bombay High Court and sought a copy of a confessional statement of Mukerjea’s former driver Shyamvar Rai.
Rai, the first accused to be arrested in the case in August 2015, was made an approver in the case and a prosecution witness recently and has also been granted a pardon.
Khanna sought the copy of Rai’s statement recorded under section 164 of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) before a magistrate.
Earlier, Khanna had approached the high court after the sessions court dismissed his application on the same. Thereafter, he approached the Bombay High Court.
The court has posted Khanna’s application for hearing on Friday as the prosecuting agency CBI was not prepared to argue the petition.
Last year, Rai had recorded his confessional statement before the magistrate under the provisions of section 164, which unlike the police statement, is admissible in the trial.
Apart from Khanna and Rai, key accused Indrani and her husband and former media baron Peter Mukerjea are also in custody for their involvement in the alleged murder of Sheena Bora.
Indrani Mukerjea, her former husband Sanjeev Khanna, and Rai had allegedly strangled Sheena, 24, Indrani’s daughter from an earlier relationship, inside a car in April 2012.
Sheena’s body was found in a forest in Raigad. The crime, which came to light in August last year, is allegedly linked to certain financial dealings.
According to the prosecution, Sheena was murdered on 24 April 2012, but the crime came to light after the arrest of Rai in another case.
The trio was arrested in August last year, while Peter Mukerjea was arrested in November. According to CBI, Peter was part of the murder conspiracy.
While Peter and Khanna are lodged in Arthur Road prison, Indrani, 43, is in Byculla women’s jail in Mumbai.