Mumbai: Former media honcho Peter Mukherjea, whose wife Indrani was arrested on Tuesday on charges of killing Sheena Bora, now revealed to be his step-daughter, in 2012 and disposing off her body, said on Wednesday that the victim had an affair with his son Rahul.
Mukherjea, the former CEO of INX Media, said he chose to overlook the relationship as both Sheena and Rahul, his son from an earlier marriage, were adults and could take their own decisions.
“Sheena was in a relationship with my son, which Indrani disapproved of,” he said.
Mukherjea told various TV channels in Mumbai on Wednesday that he had no clue that Sheena was actually Indrani’s daughter from her earlier marriage, and not his wife’s sister as she had told him, since he had no reason to doubt her.
Soon after the television statements, a team of Mumbai Police landed up at Mukherjea’s west suburban Khar residence for questioning this afternoon. The details of what transpired there are not yet known.
Sheena’s brother Mikhail Bora told Times Now channel that Sheena was Indrani’s daughter and not sister as was widely believed. He said it could easily be proved by a DNA test that Indrani was their biological mother.
“The real reason behind the murder is something else, which I don’t want to reveal now. I want her (Indrani) to speak the truth. If she does not, then I have got proofs, documents and photographs which I shall reveal to the media later,” he warned.
Mukherjea too said that he had always believed that Sheena was Indrani’s sister.
“… now she’s (her) daughter… Credible sources have told me that Sheena is Indrani’s daughter,” he said.
“I am mentally very shocked by this… Sheena was having an affair with my son… When she disappeared in 2012, I was told that she was studying in the US. I asked Indrani and she showed me pictures of Sheena at a Diwali function there,” Mukherjea said.
Admitting that he was completely stumped by his wife’s arrest, he said: “I am dumbstruck by this level of criminality…”
He assured that he was ready to fully cooperate with police in the matter.
On Tuesday, Mumbai Police nabbed Indrani on charges of killing Sheena in 2012 and disposing off her body in Raigad, adjacent to Mumbai.
Her driver has also been arrested in the case, but Indrani is believed to be main accused in the murder.
She was produced before a court which sent her to police custody till August 31.
Police claim to have recovered evidence from the spot where the victim’s body was buried in Raigad, and further investigations are underway.