Former media baron Peter Mukerjea was aware of the conspiracy to kill his stepdaughter Sheena Bora and was kept informed by Sheena’s mother and prime accused Indrani Mukerjea on selection of spot for disposal of the body, CBI said in its second supplementary chargesheet filed before a special court here in the 2012 murder case.
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The prosecution is likely to begin tomorrow its arguments on framing of charges against all the accused in the case, namely Peter, his wife Indrani, and her former husband Sanjeev Khanna. The nearly 200-page chargesheet was filed before the court of special CBI judge H S Mahajan. Sheena (24) was strangled in a car here in April 2012 allegedly by Indrani, Khanna and Indrani’s former driver Shyamvar Rai. Sheena’s body was then dumped in a forest in neighbouring Raigad district.
According to the chargesheet, Indrani and Peter were against the “intimate relationship” between Sheena, Indrani’s daughter from earlier relationship, and Rahul, Peter’s son from his first wife. Peter often used to quarrel with Rahul on the issue as he didn’t approve of the relationship between Sheena and his son. As per the chargesheet, Peter always dissuaded Khanna’s daughter from Indrani, Vidhi from having any contact with Rahul and Sheena.
Peter was initially fine with the relationship between Sheena and Rahul believing it would wane eventually over financial pressures. “Initially, I was okay with your relationship (with Sheena) as I figured that due to economic pressures it would break anyway as Sheena would want more from life and that she would tell you this and leave you if she didn’t get it after a while,” Peter wrote in an email to Rahul.
In the mail, Peter also said he was more interested in Rahul’s safety. “I could understand you having a broken heart for a time but nothing more than that..and I didn’t want any harm to come to you in the process. Who knows what things people can get up to in their quest for saving their girls or their reputation,” Peter said, indicating he was aware of Indrani’s intentions.
In his email to Sheena, assuming she was alive, Rahul had stated that Peter and Indrani were warning him about being shot or beaten up, apparently over his closeness with her. “I dunno what the heck is going on. People are still calling me with their worry. P and I (insinuating Peter and Indrani) are still giving me bakwas and warning me about being shot or beaten up,” he stated.