Forensic samples in JJ Hospital does not belong to Sheena Bora?
In yet another twist in the Sheena Bora murder case, reports have claimed that the forensic samples that Mumbai's JJ Hospital handed over to the Khar police may not be of the victim.
Mumbai: In yet another twist in the Sheena Bora murder case, reports have claimed that the bone samples of the victim's charred body collected in 2012 were found by forensic experts to be not matching those obtained from the remains which were exhumed recently.
JJ Hospital had handed over the samples to Khar police last month.
Then the evidence was forwarded to Nair Hospital. But the forensic team of the hospital, in its report pointed out that the bone samples do not match with those that had been collected by the Pen police in May 2012.
The report says the remains collected in 2012 and the ones handed over to them by JJ Hospital "may not be the same", as per PTI.
When Mumbai police launched probe in the case, Pen police claimed that they had sent a right humerus (long bone from shoulder to elbow), two teeth, a burnt skin patch and strands of hair to JJ Hospital for age, gender and cause of death analysis in 2012.
Interestingly, Mumbai police has already established a DNA match between Sheena and her mother Indrani Mukerjea with the help of the bones exhumed recently by the Khar police.
Meanwhile, a local court today extended the judicial custody of key accused Indrani, her former husband Sanjeev Khanna and driver Shyam Rai till October 5 in connection with the Sheena murder case, as per PTI.
The trio, whose judicial custody ended today, were produced before a Bandra Metropolitan Magistrate Court via video-conferencing.
All the three accused, who are lodged in various jails in the city, could not be produced physically due to security reasons.
On September 7, a fortnight after their arrest and prolonged interrogation, the court had remanded Indrani and her driver to judicial custody till September 21 while Khanna was taken to Kolkata where he was produced in a court there.
On September 8, Khanna, former husband of Indrani, too was remanded in judicial custody after their mandatory period of 14-day police custody ended a day before.
Indrani, Khanna and Rai have been arrested on the charge of murdering Sheena and disposing of her body in a Raigad forest in April 2012.
The police had exhumed remains of a body from Raigad forest and later claimed that digital superimposition of the profile of Sheena had matched with the skull recovered from the forest.
The police has also extensively grilled Indrani's husband Peter Mukerjea, though he is not an accused in the case.
Sheena was allegedly strangled in a car, then her body was burnt and dumped at a forest in Raigad, about 84 kms from Mumbai.
According to police, a team of forensic auditors, chartered accountants, income tax consultants and officers of the Economic Offences Wing have also been scrutinising various companies, investments, properties not only in India but also in UK and Spain, belonging to Mukerjeas as well as the companies owned by them.
Last week, the Maharashtra government decided to transfer the Sheena Bora murder probe to CBI after days of uncertainty on the supervisory role of former Mumbai police chief Rakesh Maria, who was shunted in the midst of the inquiry that he had helmed proactively.
(With PTI inputs)