A YEAR before she was killed, Sheena Bora was warned by her half-sister, Vidhie Mukerjea, of a possible threat to her life from Indrani Mukerjea, the CBI has stated in its chargesheet. In an SMS sent in March 2011, Vidhie warned Sheena that “Mama…wants to get someone out of the way”.
According to the CBI, Sheena and former media baron Peter Mukerjea’s son Rahul got engaged in 2011 against the wishes of Indrani and Peter. The four had an altercation in March 2011 as Rahul and Sheena attended the wedding of Peter’s niece despite being instructed not to do so.
According to the chargesheet, following the altercation, Peter’s daughter Vidhie sent the following SMS to Sheena, “U and Rahul should be careful cause Mama is getting ‘worried’ about you 2 soo I’am warning you guys…anything might come across… please dont say anything because I will actually be dead…if not dead Mama will do something soooooo bad…. trust me… I really need your consent on this… Mama says she does not want to break up the relationship she wants to get someone out of the way…and I’ve just heard something excotic….”
The chargesheet also stated that Indrani used to introduce Vidhie as her daughter, but never accorded Sheena and Mekhail the status of her children. “After her marriage to Peter in 2002, Indrani had a meeting with Sheena and Mekhail at Oberoi hotel in Mumbai where she told them that she was holding a high-profile position in Mumbai so nobody should know that they are her children as it would affect her business and reputation. She told them that she would take care of their education and other expenses. Since the two did not have any alternative, they decided to call her Indrani… Upon her return to Mumbai, she informed Peter about her ‘siblings’,” the chargesheet states.
It adds: “After learning about Sheena’s relationship with Rahul, Indrani sent Sheena to Delhi. In Delhi, she fell ill due to sedatives and was hospitalised. Her former boyfriend then took her to Bangalore on Indrani’s instructions. Rahul then visited her and found out that the sedatives given to her were meant for mental illness.”
The chargesheet details Rahul’s efforts to trace Sheena after her sudden disappearance.
According to the chargesheet, on the morning of April 24, Indrani asked Sheena to meet her so she could give her an engagement ring. Rahul dropped Sheena around 6.30 pm at Bandra, where he saw Indrani and her driver Shyam Rai sitting in a Chevrolet car, the CBI said.
As per the CBI, on April 25, 2012, Rahul received a couple of messages from Sheena’s phone, purportedly sent by Indrani. One of them read: “W stl havin a drink w lu mind if I stay bk wt Indy luvxx. Am enjoying myself.i d really lk to spend the ngt vt and hv sum quality time. U go home I ll get back in the morningxx.”
Another read: “Babu I know this wl break ur heart but I wish to discontinue our relationship. I ddnt hv the heart to say this to u. I met someone else. Infact I hv left with him sorry wt hm. Sorry.”
“Rahul tried lodging a complaint with Khar, Bandra, Worli and MIDC police stations but was turned away from each place. He first approached the Worli police station on April 25, 2012 — the very next day after Sheena went missing. The police station officials then contacted Indrani, who told them she was in Guwahati. After that, the police did not purse the complaint. Rahul kept on asking his parents about Sheena’s whereabouts, but Indrani snapped and said Sheena was not willing to share her USA number and that she had settled with a wealthy boy from Nagpur,” the chargesheet said.
Rahul has been summoned by the CBI team in Mumbai several times to record his statement.
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