Sheena murder: Indrani, Khanna blame each other during interrogation

Police officials escort Sanjeev Khanna (face covered), the former husband of Indrani Mukerjea who is accused of murdering of her own daughter Sheena Bora to court in.
Police officials escort Sanjeev Khanna (face covered), the former husband of Indrani Mukerjea who is accused of murdering of her own daughter Sheena Bora to court in.

Mumbai - Indrani, her driver Shyam Rai and Khanna were interrogated at Khar Police Station on Saturday. During the course of the grilling, they blamed each other for the crime, a police official said.

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Published: Sun 30 Aug 2015, 7:40 AM

Last updated: Mon 31 Aug 2015, 9:12 AM

In a new twist to the Sheena Bora murder saga, Indrani Mukerjea and her former husband Sanjeev Khanna have blamed each other for the crime during police interrogation.
Indrani, her driver Shyam Rai and Khanna were interrogated at Khar Police Station on Saturday. During the course of the grilling, they blamed each other for the crime, a police official said.
Police said Khanna and Indrani were giving evasive replies during interrogation.

Sheena Bora murder case accused Indrani Mukerjea at Khar Police Station in Mumbai. - PTI
Indrani’s son and Sheena’s brother Mikhail Bora was also questioned at a hotel in Bandra on Saturday.
Police are also probing Mikhail’s claim that just hours before Indrani and Sanjeev met Sheena on April 24, 2012 and took her for what would be the last drive of her life, Indrani had also allegedly drugged him. By the time they came back, the suspicious, groggy Mikhail had fled.
Meanwhile, the car in which Sheena Bora was allegedly killed was on Saturday traced, while questions cropped up about a cover-up by police in not registering a case of murder or accidental death three years back when a partially-burnt body, believed to be hers, was found.
“We have traced the car. The car had changed many hands in three years and we are yet to recover it,” said a senior police official.
Police said they will be taking the three arrested accused to Raigad district to recreate the crime scene. The police also sought call data records of the three accused.
As the investigation focused on forensic examination of the skeletal remains found in Pen tehsil of Raigad, the police also admitted that no due procedure was followed when the body was first found on May 23, 2012.
Raigad police virtually confessed to the casual way in which they treated the case when a burnt body was spotted, a month after Sheena was believed to have been murdered.
“Neither a crime, nor a report of accidental death was registered when Raigad police sent recovered skeletal remains to JJ hospital (in Mumbai) in 2012,” Raigad’s current Superintendent of Police Suvez Haque told reporters in Alibaug, the district headquarters.
“I have been ordered to probe all the wrongs or lapses that were committed,” said Haque, who took over as Raigad SP earlier this year.
“We have given a factual report to our seniors. Inspector General of Police (Konkan Range) yesterday ordered an inquiry. We will complete it at the earliest and produce our report,” he said.
With counter-claims, motive shrouded in mystery 
With claims and counter-claims and new leads emerging in the investigation, the exact motive behind the Sheena Bora murder case remains shrouded in confusion, as investigators continued to probe different angles here on Saturday.
According to police, the death threats apprehended by Sheena's brother Mikhail Bora were genuine and he was in Mumbai around April 24, 2012 when his sister was killed.

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Since the arrest on August 25 of Mikhail's mother Indrani Mukherjea, wife of former media tycoon Peter Mukherjea, Mikhail has repeatedly claimed that his life was threatened and alleged that his mother had plotted to eliminate him like Sheena.
Living up to his claims, he provided some evidences to the investigators, which Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria said were being verified.
The mystery of Sheena's passpost recovered from the Dehradun home of her ex-boyfriend Rahul Mukherjea has been compounded with a new twist.

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Officials said Rahul had confronted Indrani about the passport but was informed that Sheena had acquired a new passport and left for the US to pursue studies.
Early next week, police intend to recreate the entire crime scene-from a spot near the National College in Bandra's Linking Road to Raigad and back to Mumbai airport-that took place on April 24, 2012, when Sheena was murdered, allegedly by Indrani, her ex-husband Sanjeev Khanna and her driver Shyam Rai.

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Now, police are pinning hopes on the outcome of the forensic and DNA test reports of the victim and the accused which are expected by next week.
Earlier on Saturday, in a startling development, Raigad police admitted that no case was registered by them after the remains suspected to be of Sheena Bora were found from the murder site in forests near Pen in 2012.
Raigad Superintendent of Police Mohammed Suvez Haque told media persons that he was conducting an inquiry into the lapse and other aspects.
Shockingly, however, he said that no crime offence, an accidental death report or a first information report (FIR) was lodged by the concerned police officials then.
On May 23, 2012, a local mango-seller had noticed a partially burnt human carcass and had informed the Pen police outpost.
A team of police officials and a doctor had visited the site and conducted a spot autopsy and collected samples of some portions of the body remnants.
Sheena murder"These were later sent to Sir J.J. Hospital in Mumbai for further analysis after a couple of days. Later, no report was received and no report was sought by police about that," Haque said.
Police had carried out a 'panchnama' (initial observation) of the body and the inquest at the murder site, recorded statements of witnesses and made a diary entry, but no other subsequent procedures were followed.
"I am now inquiring why police (then) did not lodge any offence or ADR (accidental death report) which shall be completed soon and submitted to the seniors," Haque said, adding that he has already submitted a preliminary report to the inspector general of police (Konkan Range).
Responding to Mumbai police's request for help, he said Raigad police have also provided all original documents pertaining to the case to them.
On Friday, the Sir J.J. Hospital authorities had handed over the samples of bones, nails and other evidence in its possession to Mumbai police, which have been sent for DNA tests and forensic analysis to determine their identity.
The hospital also said it had filed a report in 2012 on how the samples received were charred beyond recognition and they could not identify them.
The development has now led to speculation whether this could be a goof-up or a meticulous cover-up operation, and the then police superintendent of Raigad and his team are under the police scanner for their alleged role and lapses in the matter.
Sheena was killed on April 24, 2012 and her remains were discovered near the Pen forests on May 23, 2012.
Her mother Indrani, her ex-husband Khanna and her driver Shyam Rai have been arrested in connection with the murder and are in police custody till August 31.
On Friday night, in a major breakthrough in the case, Khanna cracked down and confessed to his role and complicity in the crime.

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