The high-profile Sheena Bora murder case on Wednesday took a startling twist when her mother and key accused Indrani Mukerjea sought to pin the blame on estranged husband Peter Mukerjea.
Indrani told a CBI court that Peter Mukerjea, once a media baron but now accused in the case could be behind her daughter Sheena Bora’s disappearance.
She said, Peter and his former driver Shyamwar Rai may have conspired and abducted her daughter out of “greed and ill will”.
“I have strong reasons to believe that Peter Mukerjea, with the assistance of other persons, including (accused turned approver) Shyamwar Rai may have conspired and abducted my daughter Sheena in 2012 and made her untraceable and subsequently destroyed evidence,” she said in an application in which she sought the call data record (CDR) of Peter.
Indrani also alleged that Peter and others might have manipulated the circumstances to frame her and influence witnesses and situations that led to her arrest.
“I am convinced that if we are able to obtain the CDR of Peter, we will be in a better position to ascertain if Peter and other persons were involved in the disappearance of my daughter Sheena and there will be more clarity if Peter and other persons have a role in framing me,” she said in the application.
She sought the CDR for the period between January 2012 and December 2012, and from January 2015 to December 2015.
“I offer my sincere gratitude to your honour for your kindness and endeavor to provide justice to my daughter, Sheena, who may have lost her life on account of greed, betrayal, jealousy, lust and ill-will of persons whom she dearly loved and trusted,” she said in her application.
However, the lawyer of Peter Mukerjea refused to comment on Indrani’s allegations and said he will file appropriate reply in court.
The alleged murder of Sheena Bora came to light in August, 2015 after Rai, arrested in another case, spilled the beans and Mumbai police arrested Indrani, her former husband Sanjeev Khanna, and Rai.
Later, Peter Mukerjea was also arrested. The victim was Indrani’s daughter from an earlier relationship. She was in a relationship with Peter’s son.