Sheena Murder Gets Murkier, Mikhail to Reach Mumbai


Mumbai: The investigation in the Sheena Bora murder case has so far given rise to many a question instead of answering them. More details are likely to emerge as Sheena’s brother Mikhail is flying from Guwahati to Mumbai on Friday, where he will be quizzed by the cops.

Sanjeev Khanna, former husband of accused and Sheena’s mother Indrani Mukerjea, who is the wife of former STAR CEO Peter Mukherjea, is also likely to be produced before a Mumbai court today, police said.

Mikhail had earlier told the media that he has evidence on the murder of Sheena. He also told newsmen outside the house, where he lives with his maternal grandparents in Guwahati, that he feared he would be the next target. A Mumbai Police team had earlier visited the maternal home of Indrani and talked to Sheena’s brother Mikhail.

Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria, after a day-long grilling of Indrani, her driver and step son Rahul Mukerjea at suburban Khar police station, said late last night that police have a ‘fair idea’ about the motive for the murder, but declined to elaborate saying the “third accused” (Sanjeev Khanna) was yet to be interrogated.

“We have a fair idea of the motive of the murder. However, the third accused (Khanna, a former husband of Sheena’s mother Indrani Mukerjea) is yet to reach Mumbai and to be interrogated. Only then, we will be able to tell you about the motive,” Maria said.

To a question whether the police had confirmed if Sheena was Indrani’s sister (as the latter had made people believe) or her daughter, Maria said “Sheena is the daughter of the lady accused.”

The Mumbai Police questioning Indrani’s second husband Sanjeev Khanna have told a Kolkata court that he was involved not only in the murder of the media baron’s daughter Sheena Bora on April 24, 2012, but also with its planning.

The submission made by Mumbai police at the Alipore court claimed Indrani had told them how she had recced Raigad’s Pen area with her driver Shyam Rai on April 23 to “identify the exact spot where to dispose the body.”

Khanna has claimed that he had climbed into the SUV driven by Shyam along with Indrani, but had dozed off a few minutes later. He claimed that when he woke up he found Sheena dead near him.

Alipore city court on Thursday granted Mumbai police Khanna’s five-day remand after rejecting his bail plea.

More murky details emerged in the sensational Sheena Bora murder case on Thursday as the former STAR CEO went back on his claims admitting that Sheena had told him that she was not his wife Indrani’s sister.

Mukherjea, who had previously claimed that he knew Sheena only as his wife’s sister, on Thursday saud Sheena had told him some time back that she was Indrani’s daughter.

When he confronted Indrani with what Sheena had told him, she dubbed it as “utter rubbish”, he told a news channel. He also claimed that Indrani had shown him an email in which Sheena had purportedly stated that she wanted to end the love affair with Rahul, Peter Mukerjea’s son from an earlier marriage.

In another twist, Indrani’s father Upendra Kumar Bora disputed his daughter’s claim that murdered Sheena Bora was his daughter.

“Sheena is not my daughter. I am her grandfather,” said 80-year-old Bora, whose name was said to have been given by Indrani as father in the birth certificate of Sheena, who was born in February, 1989. Khanna, who had divorced Indrani, is believed to have told the Mumbai police in Kolkata that he was in the car in which Sheena was allegedly strangulated but claimed to have slept during the crime.

This apparently contradicted the arrested driver’s claim before police that Indrani and Khanna had strangulated Sheena in the car after giving her a spiked drink in a hotel room in Mumbai.

The body was then taken to a village in Pen tehsil of Raigad where it was burnt with petrol. Khanna had reportedly come to Mumbai on April 23, 2012, a day before the murder and took a flight back to Kolkata on April 25, according to police sources.