Mumbai, August 6
A particular CBI courtroom right here rejected the bail plea of Indrani Mukerjea, the prime accused within the Sheena Bora homicide case, noting that the potential for the accused influencing prosecution witnesses can’t be dominated out.
After failing to safe bail a number of instances on medical grounds, Mukerjea in December final 12 months filed one other plea, looking for bail on “merits” of the case.
Special CBI courtroom choose JC Jagdale rejected the plea on Wednesday.
The courtroom noticed that some essential case witnesses like Rahul Mukerjea, son of accused Peter Mukerjea, and Vidhi, daughter of Indrani Mukerjea and her former husband and co-accused Sanjeev Khanna, have been but to be examined.
“There is no doubt that the accused is an influential and wealthy person. Therefore, the possibility of influencing prosecution witnesses cannot be ruled out,” stated the choose.
While arguing for bail, Indrani Mukerjea informed courtroom that the prosecution’s case was “false and baseless” and she or he had almost 120 paperwork to show it.
She submitted that there was no scientific proof to show that the crime occurred.
She identified inconsistencies within the proof put forth by the prosecution to show her position as a conspirator and one of many killers of her daughter Sheena Bora.
She additionally raised doubt in regards to the “credibility and legality” of the probe.
Indrani Mukerjea claimed there have been quite a few contradictions within the testimonies of prosecution witnesses, together with accused-turned-approver Shayamwar Rai.
“They have either contradicted their own statements, or the statements of other witnesses, or the prosecutions story itself,” she had submitted.
However, the choose in his order noticed that in the midst of trial, the courtroom can’t declare that the half proof was both wholly dependable, or partly dependable, or completely unreliable.
“At the present juncture, the court cannot conclude that the evidence led by Shyamvar Rai (approver) has falsified or suffered from fatal infirmities due to cross-examination of the said witness,” the courtroom famous.
The choose additional noticed that at this stage, the trial courtroom couldn’t move a closing conclusion in regards to the evidentiary worth of the witnesses.
“In my opinion, the accused and the advocate concerned should co-operate with the trial court to finish the said trial,” the choose added.
Indrani Mukerjea is at present lodged on the Byculla ladies’s jail in Mumbai.
Last month, the courtroom rejected her one other bail plea, citing the chance of contracting coronavirus within the wake of the illness outbreak within the jail.
Sheena Bora (24) was allegedly strangled in a automobile by Indrani Mukerjea, her then driver Shyamvar Rai and Sanjeev Khanna in April 2012.
Her physique was burnt in a forest in neighbouring Raigad district.
Indrani Mukerjea was arrested in August 2015.
Former media baron Peter Mukerjea was additionally later arrested for allegedly being a part of the conspiracy. He is at present out on bail, which was granted by the Bombay High Court earlier this 12 months.
His 17-year-old marriage to Indrani Mukerjea ended through the interval of incarceration as the 2 received divorced in October final 12 months. PTI