CBI gets 3-day custody, takes Peter Mukerjea to Delhi for further investigation
CBI had sought 10-day remand claiming that Peter wasn’t co-operating and that they wanted to investigate the source of income using which he and Indrani had invested in fixed deposits and immovable assets across India and the UK
Refusing to accept arguments that Peter Mukerjea was cooperating in the Sheena Bora murder case and therefore did not need to be kept in custody, the court remanded him to three days in CBI custody. After the hearing, around 9 pm last night, Peter and his son, Rahul, flew to New Delhi (flight AI 101), where they were to be taken to CBI headquarters for questioning.
The defence lawyers, Kushal Mor and Amit Desai, had argued that Peter and his chartered accountant had been co-operating with investigators, but Esplanade Court Magistrate Mahesh Natu remanded Peter in CBI custody till Thursday.
Arguing on CBI’s behalf, Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh told the court that Peter’s custody was essential to unearth facts pertaining to the murder case.
The court was also informed that Peter was not co-operating at all. The CBI also informed the court that it needs to investigate the source of money, using which Peter had invested in fixed deposits and immovable assets in India and the UK.
“We are trying to find out the exact conversation that took place between Indrani and Peter, as he was continuously calling her. We have also learnt that Indrani and Peter had invested heavily in India and the UK, for which we need to find out the source of the income, as Peter is not ready to disclose it.
Also, he is also not coming clean on why he had lied to his son Rahul that Sheena was alive in the US. Though Rahul stated that it was impossible for Sheena to travel, as her passport was with him, Peter kept insisting that Sheena was in the US,” Singh told the court.
Singh sought a 10-day remand, claiming that CBI needs to investigate each and every aspect of the case — from his finances to the murder. He also informed the magistrate that besides Mumbai, Peter owned properties in Guwahati, Shillong, Goa and Kolkata.
“We are also trying to find out why Peter and Indrani were trying to open Sheena’s Gmail account, when they went to Goa after killing her,” CBI officer K K Singh told the court.
However, the court remanded Peter in three-day CBI custody. Peter’s sons Rahul and Robin, and his brother Gautam attended the court proceedings yesterday.