The CBI on Monday told a special court in Mumbai that Indrani Mukerjea, prime accused in the sensational Sheena Bora murder case, and her husband, former media baron Peter Mukerjea, were unhappy with the relationship between her daughter Sheena and Peter's son Rahul.
"Both, Peter and Indrani were unhappy with the relationship between Rahul and Sheena," Additional Solicitor General of India Anil Singh told the special CBI judge H S Mahajan, while opposing Peter's bail application.
Sheena, Indrani's daughter from an earlier relationship, and Rahul, Peter's son from his earlier marriage, were in a relationship and at one point in time, they used to stay together in a rented flat in Mumbai.
Indrani had introduced Sheena in Mumbai's social circles as her younger sister.
Sheena (24) was allegedly murdered by Indrani, her former husband Sanjeev Khanna and ex-driver Shyamvar Rai, on April 24, 2012. She was allegedly strangled in a car and her body burnt and dumped in a forest in Raigad, about 84 kms from Mumbai.
"Before April 23, 2012, both Indrani and Peter were in England. When Indrani came to India on April 23, she had immediately messaged Peter. Even after reaching the spot in Raigad district, where Sheena's body was burnt and disposed of, she had called Peter," Singh said.
He also said that even after taking Sheena's body to Raigad, Indrani had a long conversation with Peter.
"Around 2.30 am on the intervening night of April 24 and 25 (2012), Peter and Indrani spoke for around 15-20 minutes," Singh said.
On April 26, Peter came back to India and he, along with Indrani, went to Goa on April 28, he said, adding that an attempt was made by both of them to access the e-mail account of Sheena.
Singh also said that after Sheena's disappearance Peter's servant told him that Rahul had come home enquiring about her. Peter told him, "Don't worry, Indrani has separated Sheena from Rahul."
When Rahul spoke to Peter about Sheena, he was told that she was in the US and was doing fine, Singh said.
"Sheena was a family member and Peter was in touch with Rahul and Sheena, but when she went missing, Peter did not make any efforts to trace her," Singh argued.
Singh also said that they had approached the then Additional Commissioner of Crime Deven Bharti regarding Sheena's missing mobile, but later told the officer it has been traced. .
"It was only after Indrani's driver Shyam Rai was arrested, the case came to light, but from the day when Sheena went missing in April 2012 till the time of Rai's arrest, despite requests made by Rahul, Peter did not make any attempt to find out Sheena," Additional Solicitor General Singh said.
Singh said despite attempts, both of them were not successful in separating Rahul and Sheena.
"Peter is part of the conspiracy and was aware about everything," Singh said, adding if he is let out on bail, he might tamper with the evidence and influence the witnesses.
The ASG said the charges against Peter was serious.
"Entire planning had been done and strategy worked out and it was done in such a way that for three years, nothing came out," Singh said.
We have material in the form of call records, e-mails, confessions, statements of witnesses to suggest complicity of Peter and the CBI will file the chargesheet against him and come before the court with evidence, Singh told the court.
Peter's lawyers Amit Desai and Kushal Mor told the court that the CBI was only able to infer that Peter had knowledge and he did not inform the police and misled his son.