Rahul Mukerjea, the son of former television magnate Peter Mukerjea, on Saturday said the murder and criminal conspiracy charges levelled by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against his father were absolutely outrageous and added that there was not an iota of truth to them.
“Charges against him (Peter) are absolutely outrageous,” Rahul Mukerjea told ANI with reference to the April 2012 Sheena Bora murder case.
On Friday, media reported that it was a conversation between Peter Mukerjea and Rahul that may have led to the arrest of the INX Media co-founder in the Sheena Bora murder case.
The CBI told the court that Rahul, who was in a relationship with Sheena, had recorded a conversation with Peter on the advice of his mother, in which he asked his father where Sheena was. Peter had then told him that Sheena was doing fine in the United States and that he had spoken to her.
The CBI, which is questioning Peter on why he lied, interrogated Rahul for over 12 hours in Mumbai on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday. He only left the CBI office at around 10.30 a.m. on Friday.
Media reports said that his statement was being corroborated with the statement given by Peter Mukerjea to ascertain the correct facts behind the Sheena Bora murder case.
Peter Mukherjea was arrested on Thursday by the CBI, hours after it had filed a charge sheet in which his wife Indrani Mukherjee, the mother of the victim born from her first marriage, and two others were accused of the crime.
He is presently being accused of shielding the accused and of making inconsistent statements with regard to the crime.
Sheena Bora was allegedly murdered by her mother Indrani Mukerjea, Indrani’s former husband Sanjeev Khanna and her former driver Shyamvar Rai in April 2012. The body of the 24-year-old was dumped in a forest in Maharashtra’s Raigad District.
Indrani, Khanna and Rai have been charged with criminal conspiracy to kidnap, murder, cheating, destruction of evidence, forgery and use of forged documents besides violation of provisions of Information Technology Act. They are presently in judicial custody till December 3.