Mumbai: As investigators waddled through an intriguing web of lies and deceit in the Sheena Bora murder case, police on Friday recovered Sheena Bora's passport from Dehradun, exposing Indrani Mukerjea's claim that Sheena was "studying in the US".
Meanwhile, the Mumbai Police took Sanjeev Khanna, a prime accused and former husband of co-accused Indrani Mukerjea, to the spot where the young woman was killed three years ago. Khanna later cracked and confessed to his role in the crime.
Police, acting on a court order, permitted Indrani to meet her lawyers while in custody, and officers again questioned former media baron Peter Mukerjea -- Indrani's husband -- and the victim's brother Mikhail, who, after flying into Mumbai from Guwahati, vowed to get justice for his murdered sister.
The probe picked up pace when Khanna, nabbed in Kolkata, was brought here and sent to police custody till August 31.
In a major breakthrough in the murder case, Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria told media persons late on Friday that Khanna has cracked and confessed to his role in the crime.
"(Indrani's son) Mikhail Bora has submitted some evidence to us. We are in the process of verifying it," Maria added.
Indrani was arrested on August 25 on charges of killing Sheena on April 24, 2012 along with her driver Shyam Rai and Khanna. She as well as Khanna have denied the charge.
Public Prosecutor Laxman Rathod said police needed to know how Sheena was killed, the vehicle in which she was allegedly murdered before her body was burnt and dumped in the forests near Pen in Raigad district, adjacent to Mumbai.
Seeking custodial interrogation, Rathod said police wanted to take the accused to where Indrani, her driver Shyam Rai and Khanna allegedly poured petrol on Sheena's body and set it on fire. They also needed to know if more people were involved in the killing.
Khanna has been charged with murder, kidnapping, criminal conspiracy, destroying evidence and more. His mobile phone, laptop and passport have been seized but he has denied the police charges.
Rathod told the media that Khanna played "an active role in the case along with the other two accused".
According to police, the macabre deed was allegedly executed by Indrani with help from Khanna and driver Rai.
Police are also browsing the details of incriminating telephone call records of Khanna and Indrani, e-mail exchanges, birth certificates, school records and other documents that have emerged during the investigation.
Rakesh Maria is personally conducting the interrogation of various players including Indrani, Khanna, Rai, Peter Mukerjea, his son Rahul, who admits to having had a relationship with Sheena, and Mikhail for the past three days.
Late on Thursday night, Maria said investigators have a fair idea of the motives behind Sheena's killing.
After interrogation, Maria confirmed that Sheena was indeed the daughter of Indrani, contrary to earlier perceptions that they were siblings.