The CBI on Friday filed a supplementary charge sheet in the 2012 Sheena Bora murder case.
On October 15, the agency had told the Bombay High Court that it will be filing a charge sheet in the case this week. Meanwhile, the special court suggested a timeline for the trial, with judge Mahajan saying that CBI, if possible, could start arguments on framing of charges when it submits the charge sheet.
“The charges can be framed by next week. Entire November month will go in complying with some formalities and we can start the trial by first week of December,” the judge said.
Sheena was strangled in a car in Mumbai in April 2012 allegedly by her mother Indrani Mukerjea, Indrani’s former husband Sanjeev Khanna and her former driver Shyamvar Rai. Sheena’s body was then dumped in a forest in neighbouring Raigad district.
In its charge sheet filed on 19 November last year, the CBI had named Indrani, Khanna and Rai as accused in the case. The trio were arrested in August last year after Rai spilled the beans while he was being interrogated in a case pertaining to illegal possession of arms.
Rai later turned approver in the case. According to investigators, Sheena’s relationship with Rahul, son of Indrani’s current husband and former media baron Peter Mukerjea, was the possible motive behind her murder apart from certain financial dealings. CBI had filed a charge sheet against Peter on 16 February for his alleged role in the murder plot. He was arrested on 19 November last year.
The agency had stated Sheena was killed as her relationship with Rahul was disapproved by Peter and Indrani both of whom were part of the plot to murder her.