For all those who happened to think of the Arushi Talwar murder case as the most complicated one in public memory, they have not really studied the Sheena Bora murder case. Every new turn in the CBI’s investigation has been identified with a series of twists, complicating the matter further. With every new character comes a limited set of truth accompanied by unlimited lies widening the horizon of doubt. On Thursday, Peter Mukerjea, a former TV tycoon, was arrested by the CBI on suspicion of murdering or conspiring to murder his stepdaughter Sheena Bora. Peter was initially booked under section 201 of the Indian Penal Code, on accusations of being responsible for hiding necessary evidence or providing false information during the course of his previous interrogation. The CBI has already arrested Sheena’s mother Indrani Mukherjea, step-father Sanjiv Khanna and former driver, Shyamvar Rai in the Esplanade Court in Mumbai. CBI officials, however, refrained from speaking about how they came to the conclusion of Peter’s role in the matter. During her interrogation, Indrani had dropped a number of hints that Peter was aware of the murder and was hiding the truth. Peter also seems to have his work cut out legally as his lawyer Mahesh Jethmalani, told the media that he had heard about Peter’s arrest from the latter’s sister. Jethmalani further added that he isn’t quite sure about who would be defending Peter in court.
The whole process of arrests has taken place after a two-month long investigation which was produced in court. Investigators have compiled over 1000 pages of documented reports, which the police claim as facts, over 150 witness statements and over 200 additional documents. The Police later though, spoke to the media stating that it is probably true that Mukerjea was not physically present during the murder but was fully aware of the incident about to take place. It is also reported that police have furnished evidence, which suggest that Mukerjea, though abroad was in constant touch with his wife speaking to her for 20-25 minutes each on a day to day basis during that period when the whole murder plot was being planned. All said and done, the CBI appears on the brink of cracking this case. The report presented in court is rather detailed, with all fingers pointing to Peter Mukerjea. Whether he was behind the murder or not is something the court will conclude. However, the fact still remains that he probably knew or participated in the conspiracy at least as far as the CBI is concerned.