Mumbai, Nov 19: In a fresh twist in the Sheena Bora murder case, Peter Mukherjea was today arrested by CBI, hours after it filed a chargesheet in which his wife Indrani Mukherjee, the mother of the victim born from her first marriage, and two others were accused of the crime.
The CBI spokesperson said that Mukherjea's name surfaced during its probe in the case and "he has been arrested".
Peter was placed under arrest after another round of questioning today. He has been kept in the office of Special Task Force of CBI here and will be produced before the competent court tomorrow.
The development came on a day when the CBI filed a chargesheet in the murder of Sheena Bora who was allegedly murdered by her mother Indrani Mukerjea, Indrani's former husband Sanjeev Khanna and her former driver Shyamvar Rai here in April 2012.
The body of the 24-year-old was dumped in a forest in the neighbouring Raigad district. The chargesheet was filed three months after Sheena Bora's remains were found in a forest near Mumbai.
The chargesheet, running into more than 1,000 pages and containing statements of 150 witnesses, 200 documents and seven statements recorded before magistrate, was submitted before magistrate RV Adone at Esplanade court in South Mumbai.
It names Indrani, Khanna and Rai as accused--who were all arrested in August this year. The agency has charged them with criminal conspiracy to kidnap, murder, cheating, destruction of evidence, forgery and use of forged documents besides violation of provisions of Information Technology Act.
The CBI, which was handed over the case on September 29 after a turf-war between the ousted Commissioner Rakesh Maria and the new incumbent Ahmed Javed, had questioned Mukherjea for hours before it was decided to place him under arrest, the sources said.
Peter's lawyer Mahesh Jethmalani said he was surprised at the decision of CBI to place him under arrest. "I will be extremely shocked if the news about his arrest is true," he said.
"I contacted him through messages and my last contact was well past 7.30 PM when he informed me that he was being questioned by the CBI and that he would contact me later," he said.