CONTENDING that transcripts of telephone conversations between Peter Mukerjea and his son Rahul bear evidence of the former misleading his son that his fiancee Sheena Bora was still alive, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has said in its chargesheet in the Sheena murder case that Peter claimed Sheena had made a call to her mother Indrani stating she did not wish to speak to Rahul.
Indrani Mukerjea is the main accused in the April 2012 murder of Sheena Bora, in which Peter Mukerjea is co-accused.
According to transcripts of phone calls between Peter, Rahul and Indrani that are part of the CBI’s supplementary chargesheet in the case, Peter is quoted as telling Rahul: “I do feel sorry for (you) because I would not like to see anybody I am close to in situation like this…But other than that I have to say to you like I have said in text to you that should accept it, and push this chapter to rest.”
According to the transcripts, Peter tells Rahul that he had shown him messages he had received from Sheena. When Rahul says he does not recall any messages regarding Sheena’s decision to stay away from him being read out to him, Peter is persistent.
According to the CBI’s 500-page supplementary chargesheet, Peter was part of the murder conspiracy from the beginning.
“I have told you. I have told you. Whatever I had said to you (will) always will be with your best and from heart. Okay. You have to believe that in your bones,” Peter is alleged to have said to Rahul after Sheena’s disappearance in April 2012. While Rahul appears adamant in the transcripts that foul play was involved in her disappearance, Peter claims Sheena made a phone call to Indrani informing her she was well and didn’t want to speak to Rahul.
When advised to let matter rest, Rahul retorts to his father, “I am still going to do my things. I would continue mine whatever it is. Till I get some hard core factual evidence that Sheena is ok. And I probably mean speaking to her.”
Peter insists Sheena doesn’t want to speak to Rahul. According to the transcripts, he says, “This is my honest, sincere you know guidance to you is to let her go, take her time, to figure out, when she comes out of her shell or whatever to talk to you…she may or may not take days, take weeks, might take months. I don’t know…that’s my only suggestion to you.”
The transcripts also show efforts by Indrani and Peter to assure Rahul that everything was being done to trace Sheena. Peter tells his son he had approached IPS officer Deven Bharti, then in the Crime Branch. “He is very well known to me.” Bharti, according to the transcripts, advised Peter to lodge a missing person’s complaint, but he did not do so. Bharti is the CBI’s star witness to show that Peter was aware of the murder conspiracy.
There is one tense conversation in which Rahul makes a veiled accusation at Indrani that she had been with Sheena at a restaurant hours before the latter went missing. Indrani dismisses this as “complete bullshit”.
Towards the end of the transcripts, Peter attempts to distract Rahul by suggesting that he go watch a film.
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