The Sheena Bora murder mystery has seen more twists than a television sitcom. As skeletons continue to tumble out, here are the latest developments in the case.
Indrani Mukherjea's counsel has complained to Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria that his officials are resorting to physical methods to forcibly extract a confession from Indrani, India today reported. The counsel said that she was not allowed to meet her client late on Saturday night and that Indrani's face was bruised and swollen.
Indrani's legal team complained that for the first four days they were not allowed to meet Indrani and even when the meeting finally took place it was in the presence of five policemen. According to the team, this is against the law which allows an accused the right to consult privately with her counsel without a policeman being within an ear shot.
Indrani has reportedly admitted that she and Sheena Bora were locked in a financial dispute. The 43-year-old said that she had transferred a huge amount of money in Sheena's account but when she asked for it back, the latter refused to return it. However, the former CEO of INX Media and wife of Star India ex-CEO Peter Mukerjea has not confessed to killing the 24-year-old.
According to media reports, Indrani told the police that Sheena reminded her of the torture she had undergone in the past. She said that both she and Sheena never got along and most of their conversations would end up in fights. She has admitted that she "hated" her daughter
The Mumbai Police has detained the contract killer, who was hired by Indrani Mukerjea to eliminate her son Mikhail Bora. The Times of India on Monday quoted a high-ranking bureaucrat as saying that Indrani or her associate had paid Rs 2.5 lakh to a contract killer. "Our information is that the plan failed to take off. We have detained the contract killer. He has admitted that he was hired by Indrani to eliminate Mikhail," he said.
Mikhail has already told the police how his mother Indrani tried to kill him thrice. Mikhail claimed that even before Sheena's murder on April 24, 2012, Indrani had visited Guwahati twice in order to kill him as she tried to drug him. On the day of Sheena's murder, Mikhail said Indrani had spiked his drinks with a sedative, however he managed to escape from Worli hotel where he had been called on the pretext of straightening out some family issues. The police will on Monday add new charges against the accused trio-Indrani, her ex-husband Sanjeev Khanna and the driver Shyam Rai.
Media reports said the Mumbai Police had on Monday traced Indrani's first husband Siddartha Das. A Mumbai police team is likely to leave for Kolkata to question him. “While Indrani has agreed that Sheena is her daughter and not her sister, there are unconfirmed reports about Sheena’s biological father. Das will be approached to ascertain Sheena’s parentage. His DNA samples will be taken and sent for analysis,” a senior police officer said.
Indrani will be produced in court on Monday along with two other accused, Sanjeev and Shyam Rai. The cops are expected to ask for an extension of the police custody of the accused for further investigation.
Police on Sunday seized a suitcase that was purportedly meant for packing the body of Sheena's brother Mikhail, whom Indrani Mukerjea had allegedly planned to kill. The seizure of the suitcase from residential premises of Indrani and Peter Mukerjea in Mumbai's Worli area reportedly lends credence to Mikhail's claim about his mother's plan to kill him. However, there was no police confirmation of this theory.
Sanjeev and Shyam Rai were on Sunday taken to Raigad district to 'recreate' the crime scene in the Sheena Bora murder case by Mumbai Police as investigators sought to gather evidence.
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