In a fresh twist in the sensational Sheena Bora murder case, Indrani Mukerjea, the main accused in the crime suggested through an application that her estranged husband Peter Mukerjea was behind the conspiracy of the murder. She also said that Peter was the mastermind behind the abduction and murder of her daughter and that he was also responsible for erasing crucial evidence.
In an application, submitted before the special trial court through her advocates Sudeep Pasbola and Gunjan Mangla, Indrani sought the call data records (CDRs) of Peter's phone and alleged that she could prove that Peter was the mind behind the crime.
According to the Times of India, in a two-page handwritten note, Indrani said, "I have strong reason to believe that accused number 4, (Peter) Pratim Mukerjea, with the assistance of other persons, including accused number 3 turned approver, Shyamvar Rai, may have conspired and abducted my daughter Sheena Bora in 2012 and made her untraceable and subsequently destroyed evidence."
In the plea, which she signed as "Indrani Pratim Mukerjea", she said, "I also believe that the accused along with other persons may have manipulated circumstances to frame me and have influenced witnesses, situations and information to lead to my arrest for a heinous crime that they may have committed, aided and abetted."
Indrani further said that Sheena might have lost her life on account of greed, betrayal, jealousy, ill-will and lust whom she dearly loved and trusted. The court said that a copy of the plea was to be given to Peter and CBI. Meanwhile, Peter's lawyer Srikant Shivade said, "No comment on the application. We will file our reply in due course."
It is said that Indrani has sought the CDRs for the years 2012 and 2015. Sheena was said to have been murdered in 2012 and the subsequent revelation of the murder, discovery of her remains and the arrest of the accused took place in 2015. According to eye witnesses, Indrani was seen spending time with her former husband and co-accused Sanjeev Khanna in and outside the court after the hearing. After the hearing, Peter is said to have read the application with his sister. The accused were then taken back to jail.
Driver Rai is being cross examined by the defence. Rai has been on the stand since July. 24-year-old Sheena was allegedly abducted and murdered by Indrani, Khanna and driver Rai in conspiracy with Peter. Her body was then disposed off on April 25, 2012 at a deserted spot Pen-Khopoli Road in Raigad. Incidentally, Rai was arrested on August 21, 2015 by Khar police in an illegal arms case. During interrogation, he told police about Sheena's murder after Indrani and Khanna were arrested. Peter on the other hand was arrested in November 2015, despite his plea of innocence.