Accused-turned-approver Rai, during his cross-examination in August this year, had denied asking for money.
The cross-examination will continue on Monday.
CBI officials said that since the hearing in the Sheena Bora case is currently underway with one of the main witnesses deposing, they will decide on the ED’s plea to interrogate her.
A case of money laundering has been filed against the Mukerjeas (Indrani and her husband Peter), former Union minister P Chidambaram’s son Karti Chidambaram and others by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).
Prisons department was considering shifting her after she was found to have ‘led’ the Byculla jail riot in June
It is alleged that Karti had received money from INX Media for using his influence to manipulate a tax probe against it in a case of violation of Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) conditions to receive investment from Mauritius.
Indrani Mukerjea, lodged in the prison after her arrest in August 2015, and the other inmates were booked for rioting, unlawful assembly, assault on public servant and other relevant sections of the IPC. The jail houses 251 inmates.
Manjula Shetye was murdered on June 23 inside the jail. The crime branch will also probe rioting by inmates following Shetye’s death. Shetye was allegedly assaulted by the prison staff, leading to her death.
Indrani was among nearly 200 inmates of the Byculla Jail booked by Nagpada police for rioting and other offences after they staged a protest over the death of a convict, Manju Govind Shette.
A report prepared by Mumbai’s J J Hospital concluded that Mukerjea has blunt injuries, a day after a special CBI court ordered her to undergo medical examination. On Wednesday, Mukerjea informed the court that she was threatened by the Byculla jail officials.
Former women inmates say violence that led to death of prisoner is not new, jail authorities insist guards don’t use force unless they are assaulted. While hearing a petition on the conditions of jails in Maharashtra, Bombay High Court had directed a prison reforms committee be set up.
Indrani Mukerjea was ordered by the special CBI court to undergo a medical examination after she alleged physical abuse by the Byculla jail officials. The order comes a day after her lawyer, Gunjan Mangala, moved the CBI court claiming she was assaulted.
Indrani Mukerjea was earlier booked for rioting along with 200 other inmates at the Byculla jail. She was protesting against the death of a fellow inmate, who was allegedly assaulted by the jail authorities.
Sheena Bora was murdered on April 24, 2012 when her body was burnt and disposed of in a forest in Raigad district in Maharashtra the following day.
Indrani Mukerjea, her husband Peter and former husband Sanjeev Khanna have been charged in the Sheena Bora murder case