Secret witness claims that the Mukherjeas had siphoned off huge amounts from their firm and that Indrani was a schemer & manipulator
Mumbai: In a major setback to Peter Mukherjea and his wife Indrani, accused of killing Sheena Bora, a secret witness in the case has alleged that the couple siphoned off a huge amount from their INX media firm to Hong Kong or Singapore. The witness, who was an ex-colleague of the couple, has also revealed that the duo had parked huge amounts in the accounts of several companies floated in the name of Sheena.
Ravina Raj Kohli, has revealed many other shocking details about the couple’s lifestyle and their business dealings in her statements recorded before a Magistrate. Kohli’s statements are part of the second supplementary chargesheet filed by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in this case.
She has stated, “I have learnt through various sources that Indrani and Peter siphoned off the money of their media company through kickbacks and parked the amount in some unknown bank accounts abroad, may be in HSBC Singapore or Hong Kong. I came to know that they used the company money to receive kickbacks from the dummy production companies.” She has further added, “It was also a rumour that Indrani and Peter had floated some companies in the name of Sheena Bora and had parked huge amounts in the bank accounts of the said companies in India or abroad.”
In her statements, Kohli has referred to Indrani and Peter as ‘Bunty and Babli’, the famous characters of a Bollywood film, who are known for duping people.
The four-page statements of Kohli, also allege that Indrani, who was made as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of INX Media, had a ‘dictatorial’ attitude towards her employees.
“Noted journalist Veer Sanghvi also joined the INX Media of Peter but resigned within a year due to the dictatorial attitude of Indrani. Her (Indrani’s) ‘inexperienced’ background of this profession (media) played a major role in the failure of the company,” Kohli stated.
Speaking further about Indrani, Kohli has said, “As per my understanding, Indrani is a schemer, manipulator and a lady of dominant nature.”
Recalling an instance wherein she had discussed with Peter about Indrani and her influence on him, Kohli has said, “During the discussion with Peter, he mentioned about Indrani as his ‘retirement plan’. It was the reason that she was being promoted by Peter in media business circles.”
She has also claimed that both Peter and Indrani manipulated according to their whims and fancies at Star India Network. She said, “Peter was allowing Indrani to interfere in the affairs of the company (Star India Network) so much so that though she was not on the pay rolls of the company, she used to influence all major decisions of Peter. He controlled all the activities of the company and used to manipulate the things according to his choice and in a manner which used to be beneficial to him. Indrani was taking advantage of Peter’s power for her ‘personal benefit’.”
She has also stated that due to Indrani’s continuous interference in the affairs of the company, many employees from top positions resigned as lot of ‘unrest’ had generated in the media house.