former media baron Peter Mukerjea has claimed innocence in the Sheena Bora murder case and said it was his wife Indrani who used to “surreptitiously” text his son Rahul from his mobile phone. In these messages, allegedly impersonating as Peter, Indrani used to blame Rahul for the rift in the family and would order him to stay away from them, CBI sources said.
Peter claims he learnt about the messages when he was confronted on the same by Rahul. “There have been instances when Peter used to send a message to Rahul enquiring about his health and asking him to take care of himself. Immediately within a few hours, Rahul used to get another message from the same number abusing him for dividing the family by being in a relationship with Sheena and ordering him to stay away. It was only when a puzzled Rahul quizzed his father on the same that Peter realised it was Indrani who was impersonating him and sending nasty messages to his son,” an official told The Sunday Express.
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In 2011 when Rahul and Sheena first expressed their desire to get married, Peter claims, Indrani vehemently opposed the relationship and pressurised him to do the same. Peter claims that though he too was initially against the relationship, he came around later and accepted it by January 2012.
“Every year, Peter used to take his entire family to his Goa bungalow for New Year’s eve, but in 2011 Rahul gave it a miss on Sheena’s insistence and this had hurt Peter. Subsequently, Peter spoke to Rahul and the two buried their differences and mended their relationship. Peter also accepted Rahul’s relationship with Sheena but he never divulged the same to Indrani as she was against it and used to fight even at the slightest mention of the couple,” the official added.
Peter was arrested on November 19 by the CBI in the Sheena Bora murder case. The case was “chanced upon” by the Mumbai Police when they arrested the former driver of the Mukerjeas, Shyam Rai, in August this year. During interrogation, Rai revealed that he had killed Sheena along with Indrani and her second husband Sanjeev Khanna in April 2012. In September, the case was transferred to the CBI.
Sources also claim that Peter used to secretly give money to Rahul who wasn’t doing well in his career. “Since Peter was out most of the time, Indrani ensured she was joint holder in all his bank accounts. The real reason behind this was to ensure that she could monitor Peter’s funds and keep a watch on whether the money was being diverted to his elder son Rahul which she didn’t support,” the official added. “During questioning, Rahul had accepted that he received money from his father against the will of his step-mother Indrani,” said the official.