CBI will send judicial requests to Singapore, Hong Kong and the USA in an attempt to trace money trail, a possible motive, in the Sheena Bora murder case in which former media baron Peter Mukerjea and his wife Indrani Mukerjea are main suspects.
Sources said the CBI today approached a special court in Mumbai with an application to issue Letters Rogatory in connection with the murder case.
They said once the court issues Letters Rogatory, these will be sent to judicial authorities, through diplomatic channels, of Singapore, Hong Kong and the USA with a request to provide desired information.
The CBI is investigating money as possible motive behind the murder of 24-year-old Sheena Bora, Indrani Mukerjea’s daughter from her first marriage.
The agency had told a special court that the Mukerjeas allegedly siphoned off funds to the tune of Rs. 900 crore from their company 9X Media through a layer of nine companies.
The CBI had made the submission while telling the court that it has sought Interpol’s help for access to overseas bank accounts of the Mukerjeas.
It had claimed that investments of crores of rupees were allegedly made by the couple and that “Indrani and Peter had formed various companies during 2006-07 and invested Rs. 900 crore in them”.
The agency had alleged that the “money siphoned off from INX (in which Peter and Indrani were partners) dealings was routed to Sheena Bora’s HSBC account in Singapore”. The CBI also told the court that a woman working in DBS Bank Singapore allegedly helped Mrs Mukerjea open an account in HSBC Singapore in the name of Ms Bora.
During investigations, Mr Mukerjea had allegedly told the CBI that accounts might have been opened in the name of Ms Bora (by Mrs Mukerjea) in HSBC and other banks in Hongkong and Singapore.
According to the CBI, the couple’s company 9X Media Pvt Ltd allegedly carried out its internal audit in which nine companies having shareholding as on March 2009 were found to have instances of alleged misallocation and siphoning off substantial amounts of funds by the Mukerjeas.