New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday clarified that all the taped conversations among Indrani Mukerjea, Peter Mukerjea and his son Rahul Mukerjea being played in media, indicating that there was an attempt to cover up the Sheena Bora murder case, have been taken into account during the investigation and have also been submitted in the court.
The CBI will later today inform the special court in Mumbai how much more time is required to conclude the probe into the case.
Meanwhile, Sheena Bora's brother Mikhail Bora described the phone tapes as crucial and added that he was sure they would help the CBI. “Hope justice prevails soon,” said Bora.
In a statement, the CBI said: “All the tapes being played on certain channels on the Sheena Bora murder case have been taken into account during the CBI investigation.
These form an integral part of the evidence against Peter Mukherjee and others which have already been submitted in the court. The matter is sub-judice.”
A set of 20 tapes, which have been exclusively accessed by a news channel, are a part of the evidence that has been presented by the CBI as part of the ongoing investigation into the murder of Sheena Bora.
The recordings were made by Peter Mukerjea’s son Rahul, who had been in a relationship with Sheena.
As reported, the recordings feature Rahul in conversation with Indrani and Peter, across a period of two weeks beginning with what seems to be the immediate aftermath of the murder.
Indrani, her former husband Sanjeev Khanna and ex-driver Shyamvar Pinturam Rai had allegedly strangled Sheena Bora inside a car in April 2012.
The Mumbai Police arrested Indrani in connection with the killing of her 24-year-old daughter Sheena on August 24, 2015, three days after the arrest of Rai. Notably, it was Rai who had spilled the beans on the three-year-old crime.
Almost three months later, on November 19, 2015, Indrani's current husband Peter Mukerjea was nabbed in the case.
Sheena’s body was found in a forest in Raigad.
A year into the investigations, the sleuths are yet to zero in on the exact motive behind Sheena's murder -- though various angles are being probed, including financial deals and possible money-laundering.
Shocking details unearthed during the probe into the high-profile case left the entire nation dumbfounded.
Born out of Indrani's earlier relationship with Siddhartha Das in Shillong, Sheena and her brother Mikhail were virtually abandoned by their mother and raised by their grandparents in Guwahati and later Kolkata.
In fact, till a couple of days after her arrest, Indrani -- who had since married twice -- had passed off Sheena as her "younger sister" for reasons still unclear.
(With Agency inputs)