The CBI may have told a Mumbai court it suspected financial deals behind Sheena Bora’s murder, but when it subjected Peter Mukerjea — former media baron, her stepfather and an accused in the case — to a lie-detector test in New Delhi Saturday, he was asked few questions on money matters, sources claimed.
“Only a few questions were on the INX News Pvt Ltd sale deal and if Peter or his wife Indrani opened any overseas account/s in Sheena’s name and parked their ‘ill-gotten’ gains in her account/s. Most questions tried to glean information on Peter’s possible role in the conspiracy,” a senior CBI officer said.
“Did you and Indrani hatch the plot to kill Sheena?”, “Were you told about the murder after it was committed?”, “Did you lie to Rahul that Sheena was alive?” were among the questions posed to Peter at the Central Forensic Science Laboratory in New Delhi.
The polygraph test was carried out in two sessions with the accused allowed a small break in between. Peter’s counsel was present during the sessions and the doctors asked questions from a questionnaire drafted by the CBI. The test was conducted after Peter and his family agreed to it and the CBI obtained permission from a Delhi court.
Sources claimed several questions were personal in nature, including “if Peter was aware whether Indrani was still in touch with her former husbands”, “if he still trusted his wife” and “whether their relationship had soured in the last few years”. Peter was also asked about his relationship with Sheena.
“In the past, Peter had given conflicting replies and not cooperated in the investigations, but the lie-detector test has given a direction to the probe. The results will help guide the investigations,” a source said.