The CBI on Thursday evening arrested former media tycoon Peter Mukerjea in connection with the murder of his step-daughter Sheena Bora for custodial interrogation.
The central agency said that the former media honcho was evasive during his examination and they arrested him for custodial interrogation.
Peter Mukerjea. File Pic
Peter -- the husband of one of the three prime accused and Sheena's mother Indrani Mukerjea -- was picked up from his Worli residence by a CBI team on Thursday evening and taken to the CBI office in south Mumbai.
"CBI has today (Thursday) arrested Peter Mukherjea in a case relating to the murder of Sheena Bora. Further investigation is on," a CBI source told IANS in Delhi.
According to an official, Peter will be produced before a Mumbai court tomorrow where the agency will seek his remand.
The CBI, which was handed over the case on September 29 after an apparent turf-war between the ousted Commissioner Rakesh Maria and the new incumbent Ahmed Javed, had questioned Mukerjea for hours before it was decided to place him under arrest, the sources said.
The decision to arrest Peter was taken in view of alleged inconsistencies in his statement before the CBI, the sources said.
Peter's lawyer Mahesh Jethmalani said he was surprised at the decision of CBI to place him under arrest. "I will be
extremely shocked if the news about his arrest is true," he said.
"I contacted him through messages and my last contact was well past 7.30 PM when he informed me that he was being questioned by the CBI and that he would contact me later," he said.
The development came on a day when the CBI filed chargesheet in a Mumbai court in the Sheena Bora murder case. 24-year-old Sheena was allegedly murdered by her mother Indrani Mukerjea, Indrani's former husband Sanjeev Khanna and her former driver Shyamvar Rai here in April 2012 and her body was dumped in a forest in the neighbouring Raigad district.
Mukherjea had been questioned thrice earlier by the Mumbai police.
(With inputs from Vinod Kumar Menon)