Former media executive Peter Mukerjea. (Photo Credit: PTI)
The Bombay High Court has granted bail to former media executive Peter Mukerjea, arrested in the sensational Sheena Bora murder case, observing that prima facie there was no evidence of his involvement in the crime. However, on the request of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the high court stayed its order for a period of six weeks so that the probe agency could file an appeal against the order.
Peter Mukerjea was arrested in 2015 in the Sheena Bora killing case, in which his former wife Indrani Mukerjea is the main accused. He was granted bail by Justice Nitin Sambre granted on a surety of Rs two lakh.
The High Court in its order noted there was no prima facie evidence to infer that Peter Mukerjea was involved in the commission of the crime. “When the incident took place, the applicant (Peter Mukerjea) was not in India. The trial in the case is already underway. The applicant is in jail for more than four years and has recently undergone a bypass surgery,” Justice Sambre said.
The court has directed the former media baron not to contact his daughter Vidhi, son Rahul Mukerjea and other witnesses in the case. According to the investigating agency, Peter Mukerjea along with Indrani Mukerjea and her previous husband Sanjeev Khanna entered into a criminal conspiracy to kill Sheena Bora.
Sheena Bora, 24, who was allegedly killed on April 24, 2012, was Indrani Mukerjea’s daughter from an earlier relationship. The killing came to light in 2015 when Indrani Mukerjea’s driver Shyamwar Rai, who had helped them dispose of the body, was arrested in another case.
Rai later turned an approver in the Sheena Bora killing case. Indrani Mukerjea and Sanjeev Khanna are also lodged in jail since their arrest in the case in April 2015.
With PTI Inputs