New Delhi: The CBI on Friday got permission from a city court to conduct lie detector test on Peter Mukerjea, a suspect in the Sheena Bora murder case.
The decision to conduct the test on Peter was taken as he was not cooperative during interrogation and evaded several questions relating to his financial deals, which could have been one of the reasons that triggered the crime. Peter has agreed to take part in the test.
“He was questioned by senior CBI officials to ascertain whether funds allegedly siphoned off from the media house founded by him and his wife, Indrani, were parked in Sheea’s overseas account. We suspect the funds resulted in a dispute between Indrani and her daughter leading to the crime,” a CBI official said.
The investigation has revealed that Peter and Indrani had allegedly siphoned off funds to the tune of `900 crore from their company 9X Media through a layer of nine companies during 2006-2007. “The financial transaction worth `900 crore is being scrutinised and Interpol has been asked to help us in accessing several overseas bank accounts of both Peter and Indrani,” the official said. Although polygraph tests are not considered admissible pieces of evidence in court, they aid investigators corroborate their findings. The CBI maintained that the polygraph test would be done to help investigators unearth the conspiracy behind the killing. Peter, who was taken to Mumbai on Thursday to be produced before the designated court, was brought to Delhi on Thursday night after the court extended his remand till November 30. “He will undergo a lie test in the presence of forensic experts at the Central Forensic Laboratory before his remand expires on Monday,” another agency official said.
“We confronted him with documents including income tax returns filed by him and Indrani to ascertain their investments in India and abroad,” an official said.
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