Mumbai: In a major setback to former media baron Peter Mukherjea, the Bombay High Court while rejecting his bail plea has relied more on the statements of driver Shyamvar Rai.
It may be recalled that the driver Rai had stated that Peter was aware of the crime and was kept informed about the places finalised to dispose bodies of Sheena and Mikhail Bora.
The bail rejection order passed by Justice Nitin Sambre states, “The statements of co-accused Shyamvar Rai, recorded under Section 164 and Section 161 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) raises finger towards the applicant (Peter) as regards his involvement. Reference can be drawn from the fact that even though the applicant was at the relevant time out of country he was in regular touch with the main accused, Indrani everyday on phone and SMS.”
Justice Sambre has also taken note of the statements of Indrani’s second daughter Vidhi and Peter’s friend Pritul Sanghvi who stated he was against the relationship of Sheena and Rahul.
The court has also said that Peter could have made an attempt to find or reach Sheena as his son Rahul was continuously insisting him to lodge complaint with the police. The orders states, “It is really unbelievable that a stepfather has no concern for a daughter for almost three years as regards her whereabouts.”
“The submission that the applicant was misled by the main accused, Indrani as regards the whereabouts of daughter, Sheena and he was made to believe Sheena is very much alive, not in touch with Rahul son of the applicant and is residing out of the country is completely unbelievable,” Justice Sambre further said. Justice Sambre also held that there is ‘enough material’ in the investigation to ‘prima facie’ infer that Peter was also not in support of the relationship.