Soon after granting bail to Peter Mukerjea, the Bombay High Court put a six-week stay on its order so that the prosecution could approach the Supreme Court.
Bombay High Court on Thursday granted bail to Peter Mukerjea who is one of the main accused in the Sheena Bora murder case. However, despite the bail, Peter Mukerjea won’t be able to walk out of the jail.
Following the order, the high court stayed its own order for six weeks so that the prosecution can move the Supreme Court. The high court also observed that based on first impression no evidence has been found against Peter Mukerjea, who has been in jail for the past four years.
The court has also asked him to pay Rs 2 lakh and said the bail was granted on the “merits of the case and his medical conditions”.
Peter Mukerjea will not be allowed to contact his children Rahul and Vidhi.
WHAT IS SHEENA BORA MUDER CASE?
Peter Mukerjea, a former media executive, is accused of murdering Sheena Bora, who was the daughter of his wife Indrani Mukerjea from a previous relationship.
In March last year, the CBI told a special Mumbai court that Peter Mukerjea is the “silent killer” of Sheena Bora. The CBI had said this while opposing his bail plea in the 2012 murder case.
Peter Mukerjea, arrested in the sensational Sheena Bora murder case in 2015, had moved the bail application in November last year before special CBI Judge JC Jagdale.
Opposing his bail plea, special public prosecutor Bharat Badami argued that the CBI has sufficient evidence to prove Peter Mukerjea’s role in the murder conspiracy.
“Peter was knowing everything…he was not a statue of the family. He took no step when Rahul was desperately asking about Sheena….Peter is silent killer of Sheena,” the CBI lawyer had said.
One of the arguments that Peter Mukerjea had forwarded in his defence was that he was not in India when Sheena Bora was murdered.
Countering this, the CBI had argued that Lashkar-e-Toiba chief Hafiz Saeed was in Pakistan when the 26/11 Mumbai attacks took place, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t involved in the attacks.
“So, even if Peter Mukerjea was in London (at the time of the murder) it doesn’t mean he was not part of the criminal conspiracy,” the CBI had argued.
The April 2012 murder of Sheena Bora (24), Indrani Mukerjea’s daughter from an earlier relationship, came to light in August 2015 when her driver Shyamvar Rai spilled the beans after being arrested in another case
Indrani Mukerjea, a former media executive, her former husband Sanjeev Khanna, Rai and Peter Mukerjea were arrested in the case. Rai later became an approver and was pardoned.
Indrani Mukerjea, who is in jail since her arrest in August 2015, is facing murder charge, while Peter Mukerjea has been accused by the CBI of being a part of the criminal conspiracy.
The CBI has claimed a financial dispute led to the killing of Sheena Bora.