New Delhi, Oct 7 (IANS) Special Crime Branch officers of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) are now set to recreate the scene of the Sheena Bora murder in Mumbai and neighbouring areas on Thursday.
They will also start questioning the three prime accused in the case from Thursday.
Official sources told IANS the investigative agency on Thursday will recreate the crime scene along with the main accused, Indrani Mukherjea, her former husband Sanjeev Khanna and driver Shyamvar Pinturam Rai.
The accused would later be questioned by the CBI to unravel the mystery surrounding some of the unanswered questions about the their financial dealings and the family equations that could have forced Indrani to hatch her own daughter’s murder plan.
Sheena Bora, a 25-year-old executive with a private company, was murdered on April 24, 2012 and her body was disposed of in a forest area in Gagode village in Maharashtra’s Raigad district.
Sheena was the daughter of Indrani Mukerjea, the wife of former media tycoon Peter Mukerjea, and based in Mumbai.
“The case had many implications beyond the murder. The motive of the murder is yet to be cleared. Property and financial angles are still to be probed which might have links with the murder mystery,” a CBI officer told IANS on condition of anonymity.
The officer said that the “recreation of the crime scene” in the presence of the accused is a process to note down the sequence of events.
“To crack the case, it is necessary to connect all the missing links,” the officer said.
He said they need to work on the Mumbai police investigation theory, which, as of now has revealed that the three accused allegedly abducted Sheena, murdered her, burnt her body and disposed it off in a forest the next day.
The move comes hours after a special Mumbai court on Wednesday permitted the CBI to question all the three accused in the sensational murder case.
Taking over the investigation of the case from Mumbai’s Khar police, the CBI on September 29 registered a new case under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, including criminal conspiracy, murder, abduction, destruction of evidence, causing hurt by giving poison and Arms Act against Indrani, Khanna and Rai.
Khar police had arrested the accused trio in September from Mumbai and Kolkata. They are presently in judicial custody till October 19.
The decision to hand over the probe to CBI came after days of uncertainty on the supervisory role of former Mumbai police commissioner Rakesh Maria, who was shunted out in the midst of the inquiry that he had proactively helmed.
It will be difficult for the CBI to convince the court to seek the custody of the three accused for further interrogation.
(Rajnish Singh can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)
–Indo-Asian News Service