A metropolitan magistrate court remanded former media baron Peter, 60, Mukerjea in 14-day judicial custody Tuesday in connection with the murder of his step-daughter Sheena Bora. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested Peter on November 19.
On Tuesday, CBI special prosecutor Kavita Patil told the court that the agency did not require Peter’s custody any more. “We have finished his interrogation,” she said. The CBI also filed an application in the court for Peter’s judicial custody.
On Monday, the agency had argued seeking Peter’s custody for three days, saying it wanted to probe his financial dealings and also his role in the opening of a bank account in Singapore in the name of Sheena. A large sum of money was allegedly deposited into the account.
The CBI had also asked for time to receive results of a polygraph test conducted on Peter in Delhi last week and to confront him if there were any discrepancies in the results as compared to his recorded statements.
“Some important incriminating articles/documents pertaining to this case are yet to be recovered. However, the relevant records collected from various authorities, which are voluminous in nature, are further required to be verified by interrogating accused Peter Mukerjea. Hence, his sustained custodial interrogation is very much essential in the interest of justice,” CBI had stated in its remand application Monday.
On Tuesday, Peter’s lawyer Kushal Mor, however, said the court should extend his police custody for three days “to satisfy all queries of the CBI”.
Magistrate N B Shinde of the Esplanade Court, however, sent Peter to judicial custody while allowing him to consult Mor for a few minutes.