‘Peter’s son looked for Sheena after murder’

November 23, 2015 02:11 am | Updated November 17, 2021 06:26 am IST - Mumbai:

Rahul Mukerjea andSheena Bora had beenengaged in 2011.

Rahul Mukerjea andSheena Bora had beenengaged in 2011.

Rahul Mukerjea, son of Peter Mukerjea, came looking for his fiancé Sheena Bora at Marlow building, the Worli residence of Peter and Indrani Mukherjea, two days after she was murdered. This has been recorded in the statement of Pradeep Waghmare, who was sent from Indrani’s INX News office to clean the apartment.

Peter Mukerjea was arrested in connection with the case last week.

Pradeep’s statement is part of the CBI’s charge sheet that has statements of 194 persons. He said he was cleaning the apartment on April 26, 2012, when Rahul arrived and inquired about her.

Rahul and Sheena were living in a rented flat since 2010. The two were engaged in 2011.

The charge sheet notes that Pradeep attended to the cleaning work on the instructions of Kajal Sharma, Indrani’s personal secretary. Significantly, Indrani instructed Kajal over the phone that Pradeep should not be allowed to visit her flat from April 23 to 25, 2012. Sheena was murdered on April 24 and her body was disposed of the next day.

The charge sheet also includes the statement of Kajal. In her roughly 15-page statement, she told the investigating agency that she taught Shyamvar Rai how to use Skype and sign into his account. In the days leading up to the murder, Indrani had started conversations with her former husband Sanjeev Khanna and driver Rai over emails, phone and Skype. She asked Kajal to open a Skype account in Rai’s name and to train him to use it.

Signature forged Kajal has also admitted to forging Sheena’s signature and sending a resignation letter in Sheena’s name to her employer Reliance on Indrani’s instructions. She said she acted under pressure as she had to obey her boss.

Indrani told her that since Sheena was in the U.S., she was unable to tender her resignation. Kajal then emailed a resignation letter with Sheena’s signature to Indrani. After Indrani approved it, Kajal sent the letter through M/s Maruti Courier Service’s Mulund West office.

Kajal also created a Hotmail ID, sheenabora@hotmail.com, and gave the password to Indrani. She also forged Sheena’s signature on a letter to her landlord about discontinuing leave and licence agreement.

Indrani also used Sheena’s phone to message Rahul. On the day of the murder, Rahul tried calling Sheena, but received a message saying she was enjoying a meal with her mother.

Later, she sent him another message stating that the relationship was off. “I don’t have the heart to say this to you. I met someone else. In fact, I have left with him, V sorry,” said one message.

Indrani later called Shubhodoy Mukherjee of Mumbai Metro, the company where Sheena was employed, and introduced herself as Sheena’s sister. When he insisted on talking to Sheena, Indrani informed him that she would send her resignation soon.

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Here is a look at the main players involved in the murder case.

Sheena Bora
The cast

Indrani Mukherjea (43): Founder of the INX media network

Peter Mukherjea (59): Former CEO of Star TV and husband of Indrani Mukherjea since 2002

Sheena Bora (24 at the time of death): Indrani’s daughter who was introduced to Peter as her sister.

Mikhail Bora: Indrani’s son

Siddhartha Das: Father of Sheena and Mikhail

Rahul Mukherjea: Son of Peter from a previous marriage

Sanjeev Khanna: Businessman and former husband of Indrani

Shyamvar Pinturam Rai: Indrani’s driver

Indrani Mukherjea
The crime

A Timeline of events:

November 19, 2015: CBI arrests Peter Mukherjea along with filing charge sheets against Indrani, ex-husband Sanjeev Khanna and Shyamvar Rai the driver.

October 7, 2015: Indrani discharged from hospital,doctors confirmed drug overdose.

October 2, 2015: Indrani Mukherjea admitted in JJ Hospital after she allegedly overdosed on anti-epileptic pills.

September 19, 2015: Maharashtra announces the handover of the case to CBI.

September 9, 2015: Peter Mukherjea reveals to Khar police that Indrani often abused him.

September 7, 2015: Body of Sheena Bora found in Raigad forest.

September 5, 2015: The police custody extended again till September 7.

September 3, 2015: Indrani Mukherjea confessed her role in the murder.

September 1, 2015: Siddharth Das confessed that he is the biological father of Sheena and Mikhail Bora.

August 31, 2015: Fresh charges filed against Indrani attempting to kill her son. Police custody of the three accussed extended till September 5, 2015.

August 30, 2015: The three arrested were taken to the crime scene in Raigad. The call records were also checked by the police.

August 29, 2015: Maharashtra Police has ordered a probe into why the Raigad Police did not register an Accidental Death Report (ADR) after they found a burnt corpse, suspected to be of Sheena Bora, in 2012.

August 28, 2015: Sanjeev Khanna confessed to his "complicity in the crime." He had earlier said that, Sheena’s body was lying next to him in a car in which they were travelling together in Mumbai on April 24, 2012.

August 27, 2015: Sheena Shyam Rai, Indrani's driver, confessed that he murdered Sheena and disposed of her body, on the direction of his employer Indrani Mukherjea.

August 27, 2015: Sanjeev Khanna, a Kolkata based businessman and ex-husband of Indrani Mukherjea was arrested from Kolkata.

August 26, 2015: Indrani opened up that Sheena was her daughter from a previous marriage and not sister as maintained.

August 21, 2015: Shyamvar Pinturam Rai is arrested following the seizure of a 7.63-bore pistol from him.

May 23, 2012: Police find a decomposed body after villagers at Gagode in Pen tehsil, Maharashtra, complain of foul odour.

April 24, 2012: Sheena Bora takes a leave of absence from work at Mumbai Metro. On the same day she sends a resignation letter to her employer. She is not heard from again. No missing complaint is ever lodged by any family member.

Peter Mukherjea and his wife Indrani Mukherjea
The confessions:

Shyamvar: Discloses that he, Indrani and Khanna, strangulated Sheena inside a car on April 24, 2012. The car with the body inside is parked in Peter’s garage till the next day when the body is burnt and dumped.

Mikhail Bora: Says he knows the “exact reason” for which his sister was murdered and reveals that Sheena was Indrani’s daughter and not sister as had been made public.

Indrani: Accepts that Sheena was her daughter.

Peter: Says he never knew Sheena was Indrani’s daughter but knew that she was in a relationship with Rahul, and that his wife disapproved of the relationship.

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