MUMBAI: The Mumbai police are finding “cold” and “calculative” Indrani Mukherjea, wife of former Star India CEO Peter Mukerjea and accused of conspiring to kill her daughter Sheena Bora, a tough nut to crack as she is not cooperating in the investigation. “She has been answering the questions skillfully,” a police officer said.
Taking the investigation forward in the case, a police team found remains of a human body at the spot at Pen in Raigad district indicated by Indrani’s driver Shyam Rai as the place where he, Indrani and her second husband Sanjeev Khanna buried Sheena’s body after burning it with petrol.
The state-run JJ Hospital too has handed over some bones, one unbroken tooth and scalp to police for DNA analysis. T P Lahane, dean of the hospital, said they had received them from Raigad police in 2012. “The Khar police collected them to verify whether the bones belonged to Sheena. The hospital had given a report in 2013 that it could not determine the age and sex of the deceased as well as the cause of death,” said Lahane.
Mumbai police commissioner Rakesh Maria late on Friday evening questioned Peter Mukherjea at the Khar Police Station following his flip-flops on Indrani and her children. “Truth will prevail,” said Peter while entering the police station. Maria also interrogated Indrani, Khanna and Rai. Maria said after grilling Indrani that the police had kept a close watch on her. “We have been working on the case for close to three months,” he said.
As more startling revelations continued to emerge in the Sheena Bora murder case, the Mumbai police on Friday revealed that Indrani Mukherjea’s ex-husband Sanjeev Khanna admitted being involved in her murder.
The top cop got into action after he received an anonymous call from Meerut informing that Sheena was missing and not in the US as claimed by Indrani. Maria immediately asked his trusted officer inspector Dinesh Kadam from the Khar Police Station to look into the tip-off and begin the probe. During his preliminary investigation, Kadam became suspicious of Indrani. The police knew that she was on a foreign trip and may not return to India if her name as a suspect was revealed and awaited her return. They began tightening the noose as soon as she returned to Mumbai last week. Peter told police that he was in Spain with his adopted daughter Vidhi on April 24, 2012, when Sheena was allegedly murdered. He submitted copies of his passport to substantiate his claim. However, police were not satisfied with it and plan to again call him for questioning.
Mikhail has submitted recording of telephone conversation between him and Indrani and handed over text messages received from Sheena’s phone and e-mails from her account after her murder and photos of Indrani, Peter and Sheena.
During her interrogation Indrani told Maria that she had purchased sleeping pills to make Sheena unconscious while lifting her from National College in Bandra. The police raided the medical shop from where her maid had purchased the pills.
Meanwhile, the Mumbai business circle gossip has it that Peter was contemplating separation from Indrani.
As the grapevine goes, Peter was interested in re-entering the media business and was thinking of shifting from Bristol, UK, to Mumbai but was worried about friction with Indrani’s social and financial interests upon his return. Indrani believed the relocation could be the first step towards the end of their marriage.