Former media baron Peter Mukerjea and his wife Indrani Mukherjea siphoned off funds, running into Rs 9000 crores from their 9X Media to accounts in Singapore, CBI alleged, suspecting it could be Sheena Bora’s account.
Even as Peter Mukerjea’s CBI custody has been extended till November 30 by a court in Mumbai today, the investigating agency made the submission while telling the court that it has sought Interpol’s help in seeking access to overseas bank accounts of the Mukerjea’s.
CBI had claimed financial transaction as the motive behind Sheena’s murder. Investments of crores of rupees were made by the Indrani and Peter, and they had formed various companies during 2006-2007 and invested Rs 900 crore in them, CBI told the court.
Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh, who was representing for CBI, also told the court that the “money siphoned off from INX dealings were routed to Sheena Bora’s HSBC account in Singapore.”
“CBI has written to Interpol seeking access to accounts of Mukerjeas including one in Sheena’s name at HSBC Bank, Singapore,” the agency informed the court, adding, “A woman named Gayatri Ahuja, working in DBS Bank Singapore, helped Indrani open an account in HSBC Singapore.”
According to the report, Peter told CBI that accounts might have been opened in the name of Sheena Bora (by Indrani) in HSBC and other banks in Hongkong and Singapore.
The 9X Media Pvt Ltd carried out its internal audit in which nine companies having shareholding as on March 2009 were found to have instances of alleged misallocation and siphoning of substanial amounts of funds, by Peter and Indrani.
Indrani and Peter had informed the police that whereabouts of Sheena were not known, but later they told police that they have found her, Singh said. “The reports of Serious Fraud Investigation Office and Income Tax and documents of chartered accountants substantiate the above facts.”