Mumbai: Ending a high pitched drama and suspense on the Sheena Bora murder case which gripped the nation’s imagination, prime accused Indrani Mukherjee is said to have admitted her role in the murder, and has blamed the circumstances behind the crime, sources said.
Indrani has been accused of murdering Sheena along with her ex-husband Sanjeev Khanna and her driver Shyam Rai. On Wednesday, former Star India CEO and Indrani’s current husband Peter Mukerjea was brought face to face with his wife Indrani and the two other accused. A police team also went to Peter’s residence in Worli area even as a team in Kolkata is said to have seized Khanna’s laptop that would help in the probe.
Indrani Mukerjea is accused of killing Sheena, her daughter from an earlier relationship, in 2012 over a financial dispute, with the help of her ex-husband Sanjeev Khanna and driver Shyam Rai.
A local court had earlier extended the police custody of the three accused – Indrani, Sanjeev Khanna and Shyam Rai – till September 5.
Peter Mukerjea, who has been married to Indrani for 13 years and set up a media company with her, had first said that he was unaware that Sheena was his wife’s daughter and that Indrani had introduced her as her sister.
A few days after Indrani’s arrest, Peter amended his version to say Sheena did inform him that she was his step-daughter, but he had no reasons not to believe his wife Indrani’s denial of that claim though he found it “difficult to digest”. He claimed that the same thing was communicated to him by his son Rahul Mukerjea, but he had not believed him as well.
Peter maintained that he vaguely remembered the date when he was told about the fact and it was sometime in 2011.
Sheena Bora was in a relationship with Rahul, Peter Mukerjea’s son from an earlier marriage, when she was allegedly murdered on April 24, 2012. The 24-year-old was allegedly strangled in a car, then her body was burnt and dumped at a forest in Raigad, about 84 km from Mumbai.
Her purported remains were found a month later and buried by the police, which treated the body as unclaimed. For three years, Indrani Mukerjea told her family and friends that Sheena had shifted to the US.