WHEN Indrani Mukerjea was introduced to her by Peter as his girlfriend, Shabnam Singh, his former wife, did not think he would marry her. This was mentioned in Singh’s two-page statement before the special CBI court Wednesday after it was revealed that she was witness number 32.
“I remember once Peter came to England to meet his children and informed me that he would come to my house. He came along with one woman whom he introduced as his girlfriend, namely Indrani. He told me that they were planning to marry in a short while. As per my recollection… I wished good luck to Peter and sarcastically told him, ‘Tum nahi sudhroge’, because I was thinking that he would not marry her and dump her like his previous girlfriends…. Later on, I came to know that Peter married Indrani Mukerjea…,” Singh has said in her statement.
The statement, part of the supplementary chargesheet against Peter by the CBI, was not provided to any of the accused so far. Peter had, through his lawyers, made a plea and sought access to the statement. The CBI had opposed it, but the special court had directed the CBI to provide the statement by deleting some parts if required. The reason, given by the CBI, for keeping the identity of the witness a secret was that she could turn hostile under threat.
On Wednesday, however, each of the accused—Peter, Indrani and her former husband Sanjeev Khanna— were given the statement. Apart from disclosing when Peter and Indrani got married and about the birth and the raising of their two sons, Singh’s statement reveals she decided to break their marriage because of several women in his life.
“…Peter Mukerjea had no morals and is always fascinated by young women around him…. This was the only reason I decided to break my marriage with him,” she said.
Of the four paragraphs in the statement, the court had directed the CBI to delete paragraph number two before giving it to the accused. The court observed that it would put the repute of the person named in the paragraph at stake if disclosed.
The current statement, recorded on November 25, 2015, is in continuation with Singh’s previous statement, recorded a month ago. The CBI has made this part of the evidence against Peter in the conspiracy to kill Sheena Bora, Indrani’s daughter from a previous relationship.
“After Peter returned I received a call from Indrani, telling to finalise the lumpsum alimony once and for all and not ask for an unreasonable amount. I told her to mind her own business,” she said.