Mumbai: In a bid to expedite the trial in the high-profile Sheena Bora murder case, the special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court on Monday suggested a timeline and said that it would start hearings in the case by the first week of December.
The suggestion came from Special Judge HS Mahajan while hearing the submissions advanced by CBI counsels Bharat Badami and Kavita Patil. The investigating agency counsels informed the special judge that they would file a supplementary charge sheet in the case on October 21. This would be the second supplementary charge sheet of the CBI. The central agency had filed its charge sheet in November last year and a supplementary one in February this year.
“If it is possible for the investigating agency, it must start its arguments over framing of charges against the accused on the day of filing the charge sheet,” the Special Judge said.
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Suggesting a timeline, Mahajan said, “We can complete the process of framing of charges by next week, which will be followed by the formalities like summoning the witnesses, etc. These formalities can be completed in November. By the first week of December, we can start with the trial and, if possible, can do it on a regular basis.”
Sheena (24) was allegedly strangulated by her mother and main accused Indrani Mukherjea with the assistance of her second husband Sanjeev Khanna. Both are in custody since September last year. Indrani’s driver Shyamvar Rai, who too was arrested, recently turned approver in the case.
Indrani’s husband, former media baron Peter Mukherjea was arrested by CBI in November last year for allegedly ‘conspiring’ with the killers.