CBI opposes Indrani Mukerjea's bail plea

Updated: 21 February, 2020 08:28 IST | Agencies | Mumbai

Sheena, 24, was allegedly strangled to death by her mother Indrani, the accused's former husband Sanjeev Khanna and driver Shyamvar Rai in April 2012. Peter Mukerjea is accused of being co-conspirator

Indrani Mukerjea
Indrani Mukerjea

The CBI on Thursday opposed the bail plea of Indrani Mukerjea, prime accused in the Sheena Bora murder case, saying the court cannot look into the "credibility or reliability" of witnesses at this stage. Indrani had moved the bail plea last month, claiming that the prosecution's case was "inconsistent" and witnesses (examined so for) were not "reliable".

Countering her claims, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) informed special judge J C Jagdale that the court can "only see if there are reasonable grounds" while deciding her bail plea. "It cannot look into the credibility or reliability of the case. At this stage, if the court considers that a witness is not reliable then the entire case would be vitiated," special public prosecutor Manoj Chaladan said.

Indrani has also sought bail on grounds of parity, as another accused Peter Mukerjea was granted bail by the high court. The investigating agency submitted to the court that Indrani's role in the crime is different from Peter Mukherjea's. Peter Mukerjea is still in jail, as the high court stayed the bail order for six weeks. This is Indrani's fifth bail attempt.

Sheena, 24, was allegedly strangled to death by her mother Indrani, the accused's former husband Sanjeev Khanna and driver Shyamvar Rai in April 2012. Peter Mukerjea is accused of being co-conspirator.

2012 April
Date Indrani Mukerjea's daughter, Sheena Bora, was allegedly murdered

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First Published: 21 February, 2020 07:34 IST

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