Sheena Bora Murder Case: The Bombay High Court on Tuesday granted bail to Peter Mukerjea on Thursday in the Sheena Bora murder case. It is a major setback for the CBI but a relief to him. Also, the court stayed its order for six weeks to enable an appeal by the CBI.
The court granted him bail with a surety of Rs 2 lakhs. But the court restrained him from travelling abroad without prior permission.
However, the court said that his passport will be with the CBI. He also cannot seek any adjournment in the trial.
On 19th November 2019, Peter Mukerjea was arrested in the Sheena Bora murder case in which his former wife Indrani Mukerjea is the main accused. He was out for a short time on medical grounds last year.
The hows and whys of the Sheena Bora murder case
Indrani Mukerjea feared that if Sheena Bora got married to Rahul, Peter Mukherjea’s son, she would inherit the property and not Vidhie, her daughter with former husband Sanjeev Khanna. The charge sheet said, ” In this context, she planned a conspiracy with Khanna and her driver Shyam Rai to kill Sheena Bora.”
The CBI said that Peter Mukerjea was allegedly involved in the conspiracy with his then-wife Indrani, had played an active role in the commission of the offence and had also misled his son Rahul to hide the fact that Sheena was murdered.
The central probe agency also said that Peter was engaged in a phone call with Indrani before, during and after the gruesome killing of Sheena, Indrani’s daughter from her first marriage.
Rahul and Sheena were about to get married after which Sheena could have got a share of the property.
The probe agency also said that when Peter and Indrani returned from the US they were constantly in touch with each other which was not normal at other times.
Sheena Bora Murder Case details
Sheena’s mobile and ATM cards were missing. The agency also said that Rahul had recorded the conversation in which Peter said that he had spoken to Sheena and was in the US.
Peter Mukerjea made no efforts to trace Sheena and misled Rahul.
Indrani had told Sheena and Mikhail not to tell anyone that they were her children as it would affect her business and reputation. She promised to take care of their education and other expenses and bring them to Mumbai under the condition that they address her as a sister in public. Having no other alternatives, Sheena and Mikhail agreed.
Rahul and Sheena met at Peter’s house and they fell in love. In 2008, Sheena had told Rahul that she was Indrani’s daughter.
Indrani was not happy with the love affair and quarrelled with Sheena. She sent her to Guwahati and later Delhi.
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When Sheena fell ill in Delhi, Indrani called Sheena’s ex-boyfriend Kaustubh Saikia and asked him to take her to Bengaluru. Rahul came to know about this and visited Sheena in Bengaluru. He found out that the medicines given by Indrani to Sheena were sedatives meant for mental illness.
Sheena wrote to Peter that her problem was Indrani. “You could make Indrani Mukerjea understand that bad – mouthing me or Rahul won’t solve anything.”
After Rahul and Sheena’s engagement in October 2011, Indrani sent a mail to Mikhail which he forwarded to his sister.
“….we have changed the will ( in which Indrani had given flat in Delhi to Sheena) and disinherited you….as a sign of our disapproval of your relationship with Rahul….don’t contact us till relationship with Rahul (continues),” the email read.
Sheena replied that she was happy and safe with Rahul.
“Shouldn’t that be the most important thing for parents… You did whatever gave you happiness in life. Even I deserve the same why are you upset because of it? I am your daughter. I have some of you in me I will find my way through and be just fine,” she wrote.
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The charge sheet says that Khanna entered into the conspiracy as after Sheena’s death, his daughter Vidhie would have got the property of Indrani and Peter.
“A will had also been executed by Peter and Indrani in favor of Vidhie in which she had been made legal heir of some properties,” it says.
Shyamwar Rai received Rs 1.25 lakh from Indrani’s secretary, and he participated in “planning and killing… disposal of her body to destroy evidence”, it states.
Indrani and Rai spoke through Skype during the conspiracy. She had also asked her secretary to open a Skype account for Rai and train him in using it.
Rai visited the forests in Khopoli and Lonavala to find a spot for disposing of the bodies. Later he took Indrani to finalize the spot. He also purchased an empty 20 liter can and two big sized bags.
On 24th April 2012, Indrani invited Sheena to meet her for an engagement gift and dinner. Indrani had visited a chemist shop and a wine shop that day, while Rai had added sedatives to some water bottles.
Sheena Bora met Indrani at around 6:40 PM and Indrani offered the spiked bottle to Sheena.
Rai drove the car, Khanna sat beside him and Sheena and Indrani were in the backseat. When Sheena became drowsy, Rai stopped the car, Khanna came to the backseat, covering Sheena’s mouth while Khanna pulled her hair and Indrani strangled her. Sheena had put up some resistance and bit Rai’s right thumb.
Then the car moved towards Taj Land’s End Hotel in Bandra.
The three then reached Indrani’s flat in Worli.
Indrani drank liquor with Mikhail, who was there.
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“She was concerned that even after consuming a lot of liquor, Mikhail was not getting unconscious. Khanna suggested they would see him later as it would be difficult to carry two bodies at two different places,” says the charge sheet.
The next day, Sheena’s body was disposed of in a Raigad forest.
Rahul had tried to contact Sheena on her mobile phone, he received a message that was sent by Indrani, saying that she was with Indrani and would return in the morning. Later, Rahul received another message from Sheena’s phone saying she wished to discontinue their relationship. Rahul grew suspicious of the responses when he tried to determine Sheena’s location from Indrani. Both Indrani and Peter gave contradictory answers. Rahul started getting suspicious about them, became persistent in his inquiries and started recording his conversations with Peter and Indrani.
Recently, the Bombay High Court on Tuesday granted bail to Peter Mukerjea on Thursday in the Sheena Bora murder case.