Sheena Bora case: CBI to get Hong Kong bank details soon

Mumbai: The CBI is expected to receive details of an account opened by Indrani Mukerjea, prime accused in the Sheena Bora murder case, with a bank in Hong Kong from Interpol by tomorrow, the agency told a court here today.

CBI lawyer Bharat Badami told the magistrate R V Adone that the information was likely to be received this evening or tomorrow morning.

Meanwhile, the investigative agency produced Indrani's husband, former media baron Peter Mukerjea, arrested in the case on November 19, before the court and got his custody extended by another day.

Sheena Bora
Sheena Bora

"The custody (of Peter) is required to ascertain his version on the point of deceptive reply, if any, during the polygraph test and also to ascertain other relevant facts," CBI's application for extension of remand said.

Peter was taken to Delhi on Friday for a polygraph test and was brought back here today. The CBI lawyer said report of polygraph test was likely to be ready by tomorrow.

Sheena (24), Indrani's daughter from an earlier relationship, was allegedly strangled inside a car on April 24, 2012, and her body was burnt and dumped in a forest in Raigad district, about 84 km from Mumbai.

Indrani (43), her former husband Sanjeev Khanna and her ex-driver Shyamvar Rai have been chargesheeted in the case.

The CBI lawyer told the court today that Peter was confronted with several documents and transactions, and "investigation is necessary as the case is at a very crucial stage".

Scrutiny of financial transactions revealed that a major portion of Peter's money was given to Vidhie (daughter of Indrani and Sanjeev Khanna) and some also to Sheena, the agency said.

According to the CBI, financial transactions is a crucial aspect of the case. Peter had revealed during interrogation that he and Indrani had made investments involving crores of rupees, it said.

During the court proceedings today, Peter was heard telling a CBI officer, "Hold me as long as you want but I am not guilty of anything."

His lawyers Mihir Gheewala and Kushal Mor contended that Peter had nothing to do with the planning and execution of the murder, and the remand application too was silent about financial transactions being a major aspect in the case.

"Can the CBI tell us whether Sheena had travelled to Singapore/Hong Kong or not? They have Sheena's passport,"

Gheewala said, adding that a bank account cannot be opened overseas without going to that country in person and providing documents like the passport.

"It is significant to find out whether she had travelled to Singapore/Hong Kong. Why doesn't the CBI reveal that?" the lawyer asked.

The CBI had earlier said that Indrani might have opened accounts in the name of Sheena at HSBC and other banks in Singapore and Hong Kong.

Gheewala also argued that Peter was suddenly taken to Delhi for polygraph test, but as he had nothing to hide, he gave his consent. There was nothing to justify CBI's demand for further custody, he said.

The magistrate, however, granted the CBI Peter's custody for another day.

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