Sheena Bora case: court reserves order on Rai's approver plea

Expressing his desire to turn an approver, Rai had said he wanted to \"disclose all truths\" as he had taken part in Sheena\'s murder.

Published: 10th June 2016 01:12 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th June 2016 01:12 AM   |  A+A-


MUMBAI: The special CBI court today reserved its order till June 20 on the application moved by Shyamvar Rai, Indrani Mukerjea's former driver, to become an approver in the Sheena Bora murder case.

Rai had moved an application in the court last month seeking to become an approver and sought pardon. CBI, too, said that they have no objection to making Rai an approver.

Meanwhile, the lawyers of other accused objected to Rai's application to turn an approver. One of the lawyers also said that the court should satisfy itself that Rai is disclosing all the facts in the case.

Expressing his desire to turn an approver, Rai had said he wanted to "disclose all truths" as he had taken part in Sheena's murder.

Recording his statement before the court, Rai had said he was under "no pressure, threat or coercion" to reveal the facts in the case and was "repentant" about his act.

Rai had written a two-page letter to the court last month seeking pardon in the case while stating that he wants to reveal everything.

Rai was the first accused to be arrested in the case in August 2015, taking the lid off the murder, after he was picked up in connection with an arms case.

Last year, Rai had recorded his confessional statement before the magistrate under Section 164 of CrPC, which, unlike the police statement, is admissible in the trial.

Key accused in the case, Indrani Mukerjea, her former husband Sanjeev Khanna and Rai had allegedly strangled Sheena (24), Indrani's daughter from an earlier relationship, inside a car in April 2012.

Sheena's body was found in a forest in Raigad. The crime, which came to light in August last year, is allegedly linked to certain financial dealings.

The trio were arrested in August last year while Indrani's husband and former media baron Peter Mukerjea was held in November. According to CBI, Peter was part of the murder conspiracy.

While Peter and Khanna are lodged in Arthur Road prison, Indrani (43) is in Byculla womens' jail in Mumbai.


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