A FORMER colleague of Peter Mukerjea at a television network has told the Central Bureau of Investigation that Peter and wife Indrani, both currently accused in the Sheena Bora murder case, siphoned funds from the media company they floated and deposited it in unknown bank accounts abroad. The four-page statement of the CBI witness was given to the accused, including Peter, Indrani and her former husband Sanjeev Khanna, on Tuesday following a Bombay High Court order last week.
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The statement is part of the second supplementary chargesheet filed in the case last month. The witness is the only one so far who has spoken about the financial trail in the case, though she does not appear to have first hand information of the same.
“I also learnt through various electronic media sources that Indrani and Peter Mukerjea siphoned off the money of their media company through kickback and parked the amount in some unknown bank accounts abroad, may be in HSBC Singapore or Hong Kong (sic). I came to know that Indrani and Peter used the money to receive kickback from the dummy production companies,” the witness claims.
The CBI’s Letter of Requests sent to these two countries have not yielded a response yet.
She further claims, “It was also a rumour that Indrani and Peter Mukerjea had floated some company in the name of Sheena Bora and both of them had parked huge money in the bank accounts of the said company in India or abroad.”
About the television network where they worked together, the witness claims that Peter allowed Indrani to interfere so much so that though she was not on the payroll of the company, she influenced all major decisions taken by Peter. “In the media circle, Peter and Indrani are known as Bunty and Babli,” the witness claims, referring to a Hindi film on a con couple.
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