THE Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has sought more time to reply to the application filed by prime accused Indrani Mukerjea’s former driver Shyamvar Rai to turn approver in the Sheena Bora murder case.
On May 10, when Rai was produced before the special CBI court, he had expressed his desire to become an approver saying he wanted to “disclose all truths” in the murder conspiracy. The CBI told the court Tuesday that they required more time to arrive at a decision on whether Rai could be made an approver in the case.
According to a legal expert, one of the accused is usually turned into an approver in criminal cases to strengthen the prosecution’s case against the other accused. Rai has already made a confessional statement before a magistrate under Section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code, which can also be used as evidence during the trial. If the CBI agrees to make him an approver, another statement of Rai would be recorded. The defence could point out any marked improvements made by Rai in the second statement, which would also be recorded before a judge, the expert said.
Special Judge H S Mahajan granted an extension till June 6 to the CBI to file its reply, while also extending the judicial custody of all four accused — Indrani, her husband Peter Mukerjea, her former husband Sanjeev Khanna and Rai. The court will pass its order on the bail application of Peter Mukerjea on April 23.