In a recent development in the sensational Sheena Bora murder, a CBI witness has claimed that Peter Mukerjea, former media baron and an accused in the case, had "no morals" and had many women in his life.
"Peter has no morals and is always fascinated towards young women around him. He was fond of late night parties and had several women in his life. This was the only reason I decided to break my marriage with him," said Peter's former wife whom CBI has presented as a 'secret witness'.
Special judge HS Mahajan, while passing an order on Peter's application seeking the statement of this witness, had directed the CBI to furnish him a copy while directing the deletion of one of the paragraphs from it before it was given.
The statement of the witness was shared with the defence counsel.
The court named the secret witness in its order and directed the central agency to take care of her safety. The witness also told the agency that after their divorce, Peter introduced Indrani, the prime accused in the Sheena case, as his girlfriend.
"He told me they were planning to marry. I wished him good luck and sarcastically told him 'tum nahin sudharoge' (you won't mend your ways) because I was thinking that he would not marry her and dump her like his previous girlfriends as he had a penchant for young women," the statement said.
Peter married Indrani despite being warned of her reputation in Kolkata, it said.
The witness said that she got a call from Indrani who asked her to finalise the alimony amount once and for all, and not demand an unreasonable amount.
"I got angry and told her to mind her own business," the witness said.
Peter's lawyer, Mihir Gheewala, dismissed the statement as a character assassination. "This is a useless piece (of evidence). This shows the desperation of CBI as they have no concrete material against Peter and now they have resorted to character assassination," Gheewala said. "In criminal law a bad character cannot be cited as a circumstance," the lawyer said.
The court will now start hearing the bail application of Indrani's former husband Sanjeev Khanna, filed through his lawyer Sreyansh Mithare.
Indrani, Khanna and her former driver Shyamvar Rai are accused of strangling Sheena, 24, Indrani's daughter from an earlier relationship, in a car in April 2012. Her body was found in a forest in Raigad district in August 2015. According to the CBI, Peter too was a part of the murder conspiracy.