Was the plot to kill Sheena Bora hatched over Skype?
Police officials said Indrani and Sanjeev had used the video calling service as they believed that getting details of calls made through it would be more difficult than regular calls
The conspiracy to kill Sheena Bora was hatched by Indrani Mukerjea (43) and her former husband Sanjeev Khanna (50) over Skype, sources in the police force have told mid-day.
Cops lead Indrani Mukerjea out of a city court yesterday. Pic/AFP
They said the duo had chosen the video calling service to cover their tracks as they believed that getting details of Skype calls is much more difficult compared to phone calls.
Murder most foul: Killing Sheena Bora in the car was actually Plan C
mid-day had reported yesterday (‘Killing Sheena in the car was Plan C’) how the duo had allegedly discarded two other plans for killing Indrani’s daughter, before settling on the one they executed.
Cops said that the duo, who had divorced in 2002, were in regular touch before the murder. The police have retrieved Call Detail Records, which have revealed that they had been talking to each other nearly 10-12 times a day before and after the plan to kill Sheena was executed.
“Fearing that making calls to each other and talking about the details of the murder over the phone would land them in trouble, Indrani and Khanna used their respective Skype accounts to hatch the murder conspiracy,” said a police officer who is investigating the case.
The officer added, “ We are now trying to get details on the interactions that took place between Indrani and Khanna before and after they killed Sheena.”
Officials said that Mikhail’s interrogation had revealed that Khanna and Indrani had tried to kill him as well. Mikhail was allegedly given vodka laced with sedatives at the Hiltop Hotel in Worli, but he regained consciousness and managed to flee while the two were not in the room.
Following the revelations made by Mikhail, Indrani and Sanjeev, who had been booked for murder and conspiracy so far, have also been charged under Sections 307 (Attempt to murder) and 328 (Causing hurt by means of poison) of the Indian Penal Code.
What the cops have done so far
>> The police have conducted a panchnama at the shop from where the bag was bought
>> A panchnama has been done at the place from where Shyam Rai (43) bought the petrol and can which was used to burn the body
>> The resignation letter and other documents from the office where Sheena was employed have been seized
>> Sheena’s passport has been seized
>> Documents pertaining to the dead body of Sheena, which were lying in Pen police station, have been taken
>> Medical evidence has been collected from the officer who had collected the samples from the spot in Pen where the body was found in May 2012
>> Fresh samples of Sheena’s remains have been collected in the presence of the tehsildar and they have been sent for medical examination
>> The bag in which the accused had allegedly planned to dispose of the body of Sheena’s brother, Mikhail Bora, has been recovered
>> The statements of several witnesses have been recorded
22 e-mails between Indrani, ex-employee
The Mumbai Police is relying heavily on technical evidence to prove the case against Indrani, Sanjeev and Shyam Rai.
The police have recovered around 22 e-mails shared by Indrani with a former employee, who allegedly forged signatures of Sheena Bora and then sent a resignation letter to Mumbai Metro, where Sheena worked, and to the landlord in Khar, where she lived, cancelling the lease agreement.
“The e-mail exchange talks about mistakes made by the employee in forging Sheena’s signature and has Indrani asking her to make the changes before finally giving her approval. This can be crucial evidence for us. We have recorded the statement of the employee,” said a police officer.
- Vinay Dalvi