Sheena Bora Case: No Headway in the ‘Money Trail’ CBI Was Probing
CBI filed three chargesheets in the case, but there has been no mention of the ‘financial scam’ they were probing.
Defending the Maharashtra government’s decision to hand over the probe of the Sheena Bora murder case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Chief Minister Fadnavis was quoted as saying that the 'financial angle' involved was the reason for the transfer.
However, as CBI filed the third chargesheet in the case on Tuesday, there has been no mention of the money trail they were supposedly probing in any of the three chargesheets till date.
The Alleged Money Trail Cited by CBI
Questioning the CBI's claim of a 'financial scam', Peter Mukerjea’s defence lawyer, Mihir Gheewala, told Mid-Day:
The CBI worked on the case for the last year-and-a-half and right from the beginning, portrayed as if a huge financial scam – almost to the tune of Rs 900 crore – was one of the motives behind Sheena’s murder. The CBI had even claimed that Peter and Indrani had siphoned off the money that they got from the sale of INX News.
Later, while making a case against Peter, the CBI told the court that they were investigating about a bank account in Singapore that was probably opened in Sheena's name. The agency said that the financial transactions where the money might have been illegally deposited in that bank account could reveal the real motive behind Sheena's murder.
Gheewala said that this was the very reason the case was transferred to CBI, but they could not probe the angle, reported Mid-Day. Slamming the CBI for making no headway in the case other than arresting and trying to show his client Peter as a conspirator, he added:
The Mumbai Police had investigated the case and detected the crime with the arrest of Indrani and other involved accused. They even exhumed the body and matched the skeletal remains with Indrani’s, but before they could proceed any further, the case was handed over to CBI.
Mumbai Police Upset With CBI’s Handling of Case
Mumbai Police is quite miffed about the way the case was taken away from them.
Dejected after the charges that were framed on Tuesday, a senior police officer said that it was them who had uncovered the high-profile suspects involved in the crime. He claimed that the case was cracked by them within 14 days, but they were humiliated and their hard work was ignored.
Most of the news channels had the panelists and anchors shouting that the Khar police had missed the huge ‘financial angle’. Why are they silent today?Senior Police Official
Mid-Day reports that when asked about the missing financial angle, acting CBI spokesperson simply said, “Further investigation is continuing.”
However, a senior CBI officer said:
We have written letters rogatory to Singapore, UK, USA in connection with the overseas money trail probe; we are yet to receive feedback from them.
The CBI’s recent chargesheet claims that the murder was the fallout of a financial dispute in the family. Sheena’s relationship with Rahul – Peter's son from an earlier marriage – had reportedly led to fears within the family that she would gain control of a major portion of the wealth after marriage.
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