Rahul Mukerjea caused Sheena Bora's disappearance, says Indrani Mukerjea
Indrani Mukerjea, the prime accused in the Sheena Bora murder case, said Rahul Mukerjea -- the prime witness in the case -- caused Sheena's disappearance. She added that she fell into Rahul's trap.
The exchange took place in a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court on Wednesday during Rahul Mukerjea's cross examination. He was questioned about his text messages with Sheena Bora.
The messages that were retrieved from Rahul's phone by the Directorate of Forensic Science Laboratory (DFSL) show that some of the messages exchanged between them occurred after the time that the CBI claimed she was already murdered in 2012. However, the CBI did not rely on these texts as some messages retrieved from 2011 also showed a similar result.
Nonetheless, Indrani Mukerjea brought these on record to show that Sheena was still alive even beyond the time that CBI claimed she was dead.
During the trial on Wednesday, Indrani Mukerjea's lawyer Ranjit Sangle asked Rahul Mukerjea if he was having an affair with a woman named Reshma while he was together with Sheena. Rahul denied these charges.
Sangle said the name Reshma appeared several times in their text exchanges. He added, "You sent these messages to Sheena by mistake instead of sending them to Reshma." Rahul denied his allegation and said, "Reshma was another name for Sheena which I mockingly, lovingly used to call her. It is a personal joke, a banter between us. I used to tease her by that name."
Sangle also asked Rahul if he had ever beaten Sheena and smashed her things. To this, Rahul replied, "Are you seriously expecting me to answer these rubbish questions and say in the affirmative? I never raised my hand over her."
Sangle asked Rahul if he was living with Sheena even after April 25, 2012, the day after her alleged murder by Indrani, and Rahul replied, "Absolutely false."
Sangle insinuated that it was Rahul MuKerjea who had "planned Sheena's disappearance," and that "Indrani fell into the trap." Rahul replied to Sangle and said, "Incorrect, there was no trap for Indrani."
Rahul Mukerjea's cross examination will continue on Thursday.
Rahul is the son of Peter Mukerjea from his first marriage. Sheena was Indrani's daughter from a previous marriage. According to the CBI, Rahul and Sheena were in a relationship which Peter and Indrani did not approve of. The CBI alleged Indrani of killing Sheena in Mumbai with the help of her ex-husband Sanjeev Khanna and Indrani's driver Shyamvar Rai was a witness to this alleged crime.