Mumbai: Media tycoon Peter Mukerjea, who was arrested on Thursday has been charged with murder in the Sheena Bora case.
Mr Mukerjea has also been accused of attempted murder, kidnapping and criminal conspiracy by the CBI, which took over the investigation into Sheena Bora’s murder from the Mumbai police in September.
Peter was in continous conversation with Indrani prior, during and after the incident, CBI tells court.
The 59-year-old now faces the same charges as his wife Indrani Mukerjea, who was arrested in August, days after the remains of Sheena Bora – her daughter – were found in a forest 80 km from Mumbai.
Sheena was strangled in 2012 allegedly by Indrani Mukerjea, her ex-husband Sanjeev Khanna and driver Shyam Rai.
Sources say Peter Mukerjea was arrested after Indrani Mukerjea’s conflicting statements led the CBI to believe that he was aware of the plot to kill his step-daughter.
The Mumbai police had earlier learnt that Peter Mukerjea had received an email from Sheena’s hotmail account after her disappearance. Indrani Mukerjea had allegedly used this account to send emails to Peter Mukerjea and Rahul Mukerjea, his son from a previous marriage and Sheena’s fiance. She also sent mails to Vidhie Mukerjea, another daughter, and Sheena’s brother Mekhail Bora.
All the family members were told that Sheena Bora had moved to US with a boyfriend.
Rahul Mukerjea was also questioned by the CBI on Thursday and left this morning.
Sources say he told the police that after Sheena’s disappearance, he visited four police stations in Mumbai to lodge a missing complaint but the police didn’t act after being told by Indrani that Sheena had moved to the US and Rahul was stalking her.
Rahul, sources say, has told the CBI that he had approached his father about Sheena’s disappearance and questioned Indrani’s claims that she had gone abroad.
Rahul had told Peter Mukerjea that Sheena Bora’s passport was with him, sources say.