Mumbai: The Mumbai Police on Friday grilled three suspects of April 2012 Sheena Bora murder case - Indrani Mukerjea, her ex-husband Sanjeev Khanna and her driver - jointly for the first time.
The probe into the mysterious murder case gathered pace today as Sheena's brother Mikhail Bora was also present at the joint interrogation along with the key accused.
Prior to the joint interrogation, former-media baron and Inrani's husband Peter Mukerjea today evening submitted a written statement in Khar police station here in connection with the sensational murder of the 25-year-old Sheena Bora.
Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria himself, earlier, interrogated both Mikhail Bora and Sanjeev Khanna, who the police said played a role in the abduction of the victim along with her mother Indrani, and driver. It is believed that the trio killed Sheena in Pen in Raigad more than three years ago.
Khanna, who was arrested in Kolkata, was today remanded in police custody after being charged with murder in the mysterious murder case.
Brought here from Kolkota last night, he was taken to Khar police station where Rakesh Maria himself joined other officials in questioning the suspects.
Earlier producing Khanna before court, police contended that Indrani, wife of former STAR CEO Peter Mukerjea, her driver Shyam Rai and Khanna abducted Sheena in a car and took her to a forest in Pen town of Maharashtra's Raigad district where they killed her allegedly by strangulation.
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The trio had then poured petrol on her body and burnt it in the forest, they said.
Police said they want to recover the object with which Sheena was killed and also the car in which she was abducted and taken to the forest in Pen.
They said they have taken possession of Khanna's passport, laptop and mobile phone and sought his custody on the ground that a detailed probe is required to be done in the case.
Another important person who was questioned today for possible clues to the murder was Mikhail Bora, brother of Sheena, who was brought from Guwahati. He had been making claims that he has evidence to prove why his mother killed Sheena but he would give it to police.
Mikhail Bora told Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria that he would cooperate fully with police because he was seeking justice for his sister.
The others who were grilled today were Indrani, who has been arrested and is the main suspect in the case. She is believed to have killed her daughter, who she has presented as her system all these years, with help from driver SP Rai and Khanna in a taxi on April 24, 2012.
Khanna was produced in Bandra court and remanded to police custody till August 31 after being charged under Sections 364 (kidnapping), 302 (murder), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence) and 120-B (conspiracy) of the IPC.
Indrani's driver, who was picked by the police in connection with the said murder case and was arrested on August 25, was also questioned today.
During interrogation, the driver claimed that Indrani had killed Bora and that he had helped her in disposing of the body by dumping it in the forests of Raigad district, Khar police had earlier said.
Furthermore, in what could be crucial in taking the probe forward, police collected a few pieces of bones from JJ Hospital, where it was sent in May 2012, a month after Sheena's body was burnt and dumped there.
Earlier in the day, a local court allowed the application filed by lawyer of Indrani seeking permission to meet her. Indrani's lawyer had moved the court yesterday saying that police were not allowing her lawyers to meet her.
While allowing the application, the court directed the police to follow the guidelines framed by the apex court on the rights of the accused.
Indrani was arrested by Khar police on August 25 over her alleged role in Sheena's murder three years back.
She was later produced before the Bandra court, which remanded her in police custody till August 31.
(With Agency inputs)