Indrani's ex-driver wants to be approver

Indrani's ex-driver wants to be approver

Sheena was strangled to death, reveals Rai

Indrani's  ex-driver wants to be approver

In a new twist to the Sheena Bora murder case, key accused Indrani Mukerjea’s former driver Shyamvar Rai on Wednesday sought to turn approver. He said he wants to “disclose all truths” as he had taken part in her killing by strangulation.

Recording his statement before a special CBI court here, Rai said he was under “no pressure, threat or coercion” to reveal the facts of the case and was “repentant” about his act.

The development came after Rai, an accused, wrote a two-page letter to the court last week seeking pardon in the case while stating that he wants to reveal the truth. On Wednesday, when Special Judge H S Mahajan called Rai in the box, he said, “I am aware about the acts connected with the commission of the offence.”

The judge questioned Rai if he had written the letter from the jail to which he replied in the affirmative. When the judge asked how Rai knew about the incident, he replied, “I was present at the time of murder and was a participant.”

He also told the court that Sheena was killed by strangulation. The court later directed CBI to file its reply on May 17 over Rai’s plea to turn approver in the case. It also asked Thane Jail Superintendent and Thane Police Commissioner to ensure that Rai is produced in the court for the next hearing.

Indrani, her husband Peter Mukerjea and her former husband Sanjeev Khanna were present in court as Rai’s statement was being recorded.

Won’t affect case

However, their lawyers said that even if the court accepts Rai’s plea and makes him an approver, their case won’t be affected.

Indrani’s lawyer Mahesh Jethmalani refused to comment on the fresh turn in the case, saying he will first have to go through Rai’s statement. Rai was the first accused to be arrested in the case in August 2015. The killing came to light after Rai was picked up in connection with an arms case and later spilled the beans.

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