Former media baron Peter Mukerjea was arrested Thursday by the CBI in connection with the probe into the 2012 murder of his stepdaughter Sheena Bora. He has been booked under IPC Section 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence, or giving false information to screen offender).
Peter’s arrest, the fourth in the case, came hours after the CBI filed a chargesheet against Sheena’s mother Indrani, her stepfather Sanjeev Khanna, and Indrani’s former driver Shyamvar Rai in the Esplanade court in Mumbai.
Peter’s son Rahul was engaged to 24-year-old Sheena at the time of her murder and police claimed — before the case was transferred to the CBI — that Peter and Indrani did not approve of this relationship.
While officers did not elaborate on the nature of Peter’s involvement in the case, they claimed that during her questioning, Indrani had dropped enough hints. “She has given enough indications… he knew of the murder,” a CBI officer claimed.
Following Peter’s arrest, advocate Mahesh Jethmalani said: “I was informed about Peter’s arrest by his sister this evening. I will not be representing Peter Mukerjea. I don’t know who will be representing him in this case.”
Earlier Thursday, the CBI filed its chargesheet in the case after a two-month investigation. The chargesheet runs into more than 1,000 pages and includes 150 witness statements and 200 documents
In a statement, the CBI said: “During investigation, a medical board minutely examined the skeleton as well as conducted superimposition of the skull which established the identity of the deceased (Sheena). After thorough investigation, CBI filed a chargesheet against… three accused persons.”
An AIIMS medical board confirmed that the remains exhumed from Raigad belonged to Sheena. The board’s opinion, which was handed over to the CBI last week, was confirmed by a new computerised technology to establish identity, known as the skull photo superimposition technique, which doctors said was tried for the first time at AIIMS.
Dr Sudhir Gupta, head of forensic medicine at AIIMS who headed the medical board, said: “The superimposition technology uses an image of the deceased’s skull, and uses imaging technology to reconstruct and superimpose the skull from photographs of the bones that were exhumed. We used this technique for the first time to establish the remains were that of Sheena Bora.”
The AIIMS team, which visited Mumbai, first physically examined the exhumed bones. “This examination and an age estimation helped us confirm that the remains were that of a 23-24 year old woman, whose height was around 5 feet and the weight matched that of Sheena Bora,” Dr Gupta said.
He said doctors performed a DNA test, matching proteins from the samples of the deceased with that of Indrani Mukerjea. “To confirm this further, we used the superimposition technology which is an advanced test to establish identity. We have stated in our report that the remains exhumed from Raigad, on the basis of these scientific tests, are that of Sheena Bora,” Dr Gupta said.