It was a day of high drama at a Mumbai Metropolitan court where the Sheena Bora murder case is being heard. The court has extended the police custody of all three key accused in the case till September 5. The 3 key accused – Indrani Mukerjea, her ex-husband Sanjeev Khanna and her driver Shyam Rai were produced before the court amid tight security.
Indrani, who is the wife of former media baron, Peter Mukerjee, has now been slapped with the additional charge of attempt to murder for allegedly plotting to kill Sheena’s brother Mikhail. The police told the court that section 328 of the IPC (causing hurt by poison) was slapped on Indrani after Mikhail claimed she had spiked his drink in an attempt to kill him on same day that Sheena was killed.
Police also told Magistrate SM Chandgade that they suspect more people outside the state are involved in the murder. Police claimed that efforts were on to establish the financial trail in the case and they needed more time to trace Sheena’s mobile and clothes. Police also claimed that they still had to recover Sanjeev Khanna’s passport.
However, the court rejected police’s application that said that the accused should not be allowed to consume home food during custody as it could be laced with poison.
Guwahati-based Mikhail, Indrani’s son with her first husband Sidharth Das, had earlier told the police she had tried to kill him thrice in the past. Mikhail had also alleged that on April 24, 2012, the day Sheena was killed, Indrani drugged him but he managed to escape.
On Sunday, the police also recovered a suitcase from Indrani’s house. The suitcase was to be purportedly used to stuff Mikhail into it after killing him. The police also took Khanna and the driver Shyam Rai to the forest in Raigad where Sheena’s body was allegedly dumped, to ‘recreate’ the crime scene.
A village official in Raigad district, who helped the Mumbai police locate the spot where Sheena Bora was allegedly buried, came out to say he first spotted the remains in 2012 they were just skeleton.
“It was all skeleton. There was no flesh. The local government doctor took it for postmortem, after which it was buried,” Police Patil Ganesh Dhene of Hetevne village said.
(With inputs from PTI)