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MUMBAI, Aug 27 - Fresh murky details emerged in the sensational Sheena Bora murder case as Mumbai�s top cop Rakesh Maria today grilled her mother and main suspect Indrani, her driver and step son Rahul Mukherjea, while her son Mikhail was questioned in Guwahati and her former husband in Kolkata.

However, the motive behind the murder remained a mystery even as the driver SP Rai and Sanjeev Khanna, a former husband of Indrani Mukherjea, are believed to have told police that Indrani, wife of former Star CEO Peter Mukherjea, had done a recce of the place where the body was to be dumped a day before the murder on April 24, 2012.

Khanna, who had divorced Indrani, is believed to have told Mumbai Police in Kolkata that he was in the car in which Sheena was allegedly strangulated but claims to have had no role in the crime.

This apparently contradicted the arrested driver�s claim before police that Indrani and Khanna had strangulated Sheena in the car after giving her a spiked drink in a hotel room in Mumbai. Then the body was taken to Pen in Raigad taluk where it was burnt with petrol. Khanna had reportedly come to Mumbai on April 23, 2012, a day before the murder and took a flight back to Kolkata on February 25, according to police sources.

In a murder in which intriguing relationships have come to surface with Indrani claiming Sheena as her sister, television channels showed the purported birth certificate of the victim.

The document records her as daughter of Upendra Kumar Bora and Durga Rani Bora, who are actually her grandparents, i.e., the parents of Indrani. Her date of birth has been given as February 11, 1989.

For the second time in less than 12 hours, Rahul Mukerjea, son of Indrani�s current husband Peter Mukerjea through another marriage, was questioned by police as he was in a relationship with her step sister Sheena. Indrani and Peter had reportedly opposed the affair.

With the case turning murkier, Maria was himself involved in the investigation being conducted in Khar Police Station in suburban Mumbai.

Though the investigators are yet to reach definite conclusions on the motive of the murder, all angles, including Indrani�s dislike towards Sheena�s alleged relationship with Rahul, are being checked.

With the arrest of Khanna and his suspected presence in the city on the day of the murder, police are looking into the financial angle as well, police sources said.

The investigators are also planning to question officials of Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd, where 24-year-old Sheena was working as an assistant manager since June 20, 2011.

Rahul was quizzed late last night by the police. According to police officials, Rahul was again grilled about his �relationship� with Sheena and also over the reasons for not pursuing the �missing complaint� about her. He was also taken to two flats in suburban Bandra and Khar where he had allegedly spent some time with Sheena when they were seeing each other, they said.

Rahul and Sheena were said to have been dating for over a year, which Indrani did not like.

Meanwhile, Indrani�s lawyer moved an application in the local Metropolitan Magistrate�s Court in Bandra seeking home food, clothes and permission to meet her in custody. The court later directed the prosecutor to file his reply in the application and adjourned it till tomorrow. � PTI

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Top cop Maria grills Indrani, others

MUMBAI, Aug 27 - Fresh murky details emerged in the sensational Sheena Bora murder case as Mumbai�s top cop Rakesh Maria today grilled her mother and main suspect Indrani, her driver and step son Rahul Mukherjea, while her son Mikhail was questioned in Guwahati and her former husband in Kolkata.

However, the motive behind the murder remained a mystery even as the driver SP Rai and Sanjeev Khanna, a former husband of Indrani Mukherjea, are believed to have told police that Indrani, wife of former Star CEO Peter Mukherjea, had done a recce of the place where the body was to be dumped a day before the murder on April 24, 2012.

Khanna, who had divorced Indrani, is believed to have told Mumbai Police in Kolkata that he was in the car in which Sheena was allegedly strangulated but claims to have had no role in the crime.

This apparently contradicted the arrested driver�s claim before police that Indrani and Khanna had strangulated Sheena in the car after giving her a spiked drink in a hotel room in Mumbai. Then the body was taken to Pen in Raigad taluk where it was burnt with petrol. Khanna had reportedly come to Mumbai on April 23, 2012, a day before the murder and took a flight back to Kolkata on February 25, according to police sources.

In a murder in which intriguing relationships have come to surface with Indrani claiming Sheena as her sister, television channels showed the purported birth certificate of the victim.

The document records her as daughter of Upendra Kumar Bora and Durga Rani Bora, who are actually her grandparents, i.e., the parents of Indrani. Her date of birth has been given as February 11, 1989.

For the second time in less than 12 hours, Rahul Mukerjea, son of Indrani�s current husband Peter Mukerjea through another marriage, was questioned by police as he was in a relationship with her step sister Sheena. Indrani and Peter had reportedly opposed the affair.

With the case turning murkier, Maria was himself involved in the investigation being conducted in Khar Police Station in suburban Mumbai.

Though the investigators are yet to reach definite conclusions on the motive of the murder, all angles, including Indrani�s dislike towards Sheena�s alleged relationship with Rahul, are being checked.

With the arrest of Khanna and his suspected presence in the city on the day of the murder, police are looking into the financial angle as well, police sources said.

The investigators are also planning to question officials of Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd, where 24-year-old Sheena was working as an assistant manager since June 20, 2011.

Rahul was quizzed late last night by the police. According to police officials, Rahul was again grilled about his �relationship� with Sheena and also over the reasons for not pursuing the �missing complaint� about her. He was also taken to two flats in suburban Bandra and Khar where he had allegedly spent some time with Sheena when they were seeing each other, they said.

Rahul and Sheena were said to have been dating for over a year, which Indrani did not like.

Meanwhile, Indrani�s lawyer moved an application in the local Metropolitan Magistrate�s Court in Bandra seeking home food, clothes and permission to meet her in custody. The court later directed the prosecutor to file his reply in the application and adjourned it till tomorrow. � PTI