Sheena murder case: HC rejects Peter Mukerjea’s bail plea

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Peter-MukerjeaThe Bombay High Court on November 16 dismissed a petition for bail filed by former media honcho Peter Mukerjea in the Sheena Bora murder case.

Justice N W Sambre who rejected the bail plea, will give the reasons for the rejection on the next day (November 17). The bail plea was pending in the HC for the past five months.

Rejecting his bail plea, the trial court in May stated that the CBI had produced a case diary in court. Additional solicitor general Anil Singh arguing for CBI was against the bail plea and said there was enough material against Mukerjea and further investigation was required for his properties and financial assets abroad, as per media reports.

The special CBI trial court judge had twice rejected the bail plea of Mukerjea, 60, at the sessions court. Five months ago, Mukerjea moved the HC seeking bail.

His bail plea in HC assailed the sessions order of rejection and said a new case diary entry can’t be a ground for rejection when there is nothing inculpatory in the chargesheet filed against him.

In his bail plea, Mukerjea said an officer can write anything in a further probe and hence it was unfair to keep a man behind bars indefinitely based on such a probe.

Mukerjea was arrested on the day the CBI filed its first chargesheet against Indrani, her second husband Sanjeev Khanna and her former driver Shyamwar Rai accusing all three of killing Sheena on April 24, 2012 before dumping her body in a forest near Mumbai when he was in the UK.

Sheena is Indrani’s biological daughter from her first husband. The CBI also gave call date records between Indrani and Peter, as evidence’ and Rai’s additional statement where the driver claims to overhearing Peter’s wife say ‘good place’ while on phone.

But all along, Peter said the CBI was cooking up a case against him. His lawyer Aabad Ponda argued the CBI was looking at the case with “jaundiced eyes” to implicate him. Peter should be granted bail as the incarceration has tarnished his reputation, when he had nothing to do with the murder.