Sheena Bora murder case: Peter Mukerjea's statement recorded, police search his Worli residence
Former TV honcho Peter Mukerjea was brought face-to-face for the first time on Wednesday since the arrest of his wife Indrani in connection with the murder of her daughter Sheena Bora.
Mumbai: Former TV honcho Peter Mukerjea was brought face-to-face for the first time on Wednesday since the arrest of his wife Indrani in connection with the murder of her daughter Sheena Bora.
Both Indrani and Peter were grilled in the presence of Mumbai police chief Rakesh Maria at Khar police station and at one point during questioning, Indrani's former husband Sanjeev Khanna and driver Shyam Rai were also quizzed with them.
Mukerjea had gone to the police station last week, but the Mumbai police had refused to accept a written statement from him and he was told that when the police needed, they would call him for questioning.
Meanwhile, a team comprising three Mumbai Police officials reached Peter's residence in Worli to investigate the garage where the car with Sheena's body was allegedly parked by accused Inrani, Khanna and driver on the day Sheena was killed.
It was reported that the 24-year-old was allegedly strangled in a car, then her body was burnt and dumped at a forest in Raigad, about 84 km from Mumbai.
Meanwhile, the police has also recovered a laptop from Khanna's residence.
A local court had earlier extended the police custody of the three accused - Indrani, Sanjeev Khanna and Shyam Rai - till September 5.
Earlier today, Indrani, Khanna and her driver were brought to Khar police station for questioning.
The police are also probing whether the murder was financially motivated and investigating Khanna's bank account details.
Peter Mukerjea, who has been married to Indrani for 13 years and set up a media company with her, had first said that he was unaware that Sheena Bora was his wife's daughter and that Indrani had introduced her as her sister.
A few days after Indrani's arrest, Peter Mukerjea amended his version to say Sheena Bora did inform him that she was his step-daughter, but he had no reasons not to believe his wife Indrani Mukerjea's denial of that claim though he found it "difficult to digest".
Indrani was arrested by Mumbai Police on August 25 and her husband Peter had later claimed that he was told by Indrani that Sheena and Mikhail were her siblings and not children.
He claimed that the same thing was communicated to him by his son Rahul Mukerjea, but he had not believed him as well.
Peter maintained that he vaguely remembered the date when he was told about the fact and it was sometime in 2011.
Sheena Bora was engaged to Rahul, Peter Mukerjea's son from an earlier marriage, when she was allegedly murdered on April 24, 2012.
Indrani, the wife of former TV honcho Peter Mukerjea, was arrested by Mumbai Police on August 25 on charges of killing Sheena on April 24, 2012 along with her driver Shyam Rai and Khanna.
Sheena was killed on April 24, 2012 and her remains were discovered near the Pen forests on May 23, 2012.
Her purported remains were found a month later and buried by the police, which treated the body as unclaimed.
For three years, Indrani Mukerjea told her family and friends that Sheena had shifted to the US.
Yesterday, a man claiming to be Sheena's biological father, Sidhharth Das surfaced and said that he was not in touch with Indrani.
(With PTI Inputs)