Mumbai: Former media magnate Peter Mukerjea, arrested by the CBI in connection with the sensational Sheena Bora murder case for allegedly "shielding the accused", will be produced in a magistrate's court in Mumbai on Friday.
Peter Mukherjea's wife Indrani, her former husband Sanjeev Khanna and her former driver Shyamvar Rai will also be brought to the court since their judicial custody expires on Friday.
In a fresh twist in the Sheena case, Peter Mukherjea was yesterday arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), hours after it filed a chargesheet in which Indrani, the mother of the victim born from her first marriage, and two others were accused of the crime.
A CBI spokesperson had said that Peter's name surfaced during its probe in the case and "he has been arrested".
The spokesperson refused to divulge any further details in the case, but sources in the probe agency said he has been arrested for allegedly "shielding the accused" and "inconsistencies" in his statements. Peter was placed under arrest after another round of questioning yesterday.
Peter, who has been kept in the office of Special Task Force of CBI here, will be produced before the magistrate's court on Friday.
The CBI is likely to seek his custody as they want to interrogate him to unravel his role in the murder case.
The probe agency, which was handed over the case on September 29 after a turf-war between the ousted Commissioner Rakesh Maria and the new incumbent Ahmed Javed, had questioned Mukherjea for hours before it was decided to place him under arrest, the sources said.
Sheena Bora was allegedly murdered by her mother, Indrani's former husband Sanjeev Khanna and her former driver Shyamvar Rai here in April 2012. The body of the 24-year-old was dumped in a forest in the neighbouring Raigad district.
The court is likely to give a copy of chargesheet to Indrani, Khanna and Rai.
The chargesheet, filed three months after Sheena Bora's remains were found in a forest near Mumbai, names Indrani, Khanna and Rai as accused--who were all arrested in August this year.
The agency has charged them with criminal conspiracy to kidnap, murder, cheating, destruction of evidence, forgery and use of forged documents besides violation of provisions of Information Technology Act.