Letter written to the Editor of Goa Prism by Mukerjea family is published at the end of this news article. The Mukerjea family claims that Peter is innocent and the law will take its own course but at the end only the truth will prevail.
Sheena Bora Murder case has taken a new turn with the arrest of Peter Mukherjea, the former media baron. The arrest of Peter came as a shock to his family as it may happen in the case of any family for that matter. The presumption of innocence says that ‘Ei incumbit probatio qui dicit, non qui negat’ (the burden of proof is on the one who declares, not on one who denies) “The person is innocent until it’s proven otherwise” and the same applies to Mr. Mukherjea, since his guilt is not yet proved by the court of law and his arrest came in the backdrop of his so-called “evasive” and “non-cooperative” nature in the investigation, as claimed by the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation). As the CBI is in the process of extending the custody of Peter Mukherjea in the Sheena Bora murder case, his family has come out in the support of him.
Peter Mukherjea’s family issued the statement in the press and one such copy is also received by us, claiming that Peter is innocent in this case and that they are very much sure that the due process will ultimately reveal this truth.
The family has appealed the media to act in a responsible manner and that they have complete trust in the investigation agencies, who, at the end of the day, will do their job sincerely to seek the justice in this matter. Mukerjea family also requested the media to maintain the respect and privacy and not to tarnish the image of the self-made and respectful citizen as well as his family who is already gone through a lot of hardship due to this case.
The Mukerjea family also claimed that they respect the job of media but according to them, the rampant speculations made by media in this matter will only lead to counterproductive and hurtful to the smooth and fair investigation.
According to the available information from the reliable sources, the police custody of Peter is getting over on 26th November and he has been taken to Delhi by CBI for the further questioning in the financial matter which according to them is possible motive behind the murder. The concern agencies are doing their job of verifying the accounts details of Peter and his wife Indrani Mukerjea.
Peter Mukerjea’s son Rahul is also presently in Delhi to be a part of the investigation. Rahul was engaged to Sheena Bora of which both Peter and Indrani were against. The sources also revealed that the Peter is the fourth accused who was arrested in the conviction with the case so far. CBI claims that Rahul is one of the prime links in this case as he has already provided several of crucial clues pertaining to this case.
The whole story started with one lie and ended up in the murder of the dearer one. The cost is being paid by everyone today regardless of their direct involvement into this matter. We hope that whatever Mukerjea family claims may remain intact and if innocent Peter should come out of this mess as early as possible.
Here is the copy of the letter sent by the Mukerjea Family to the Editor of Goa Prism.
In light of the recent allegations made against Peter Mukerjea in relation to the Sheena Bora murder case and the extensive media coverage of it, the family has issued a statement that voices their our unified views. We would like to state from the outset that we recognise the importance of a free and responsible media. Further, we would also like to state that we trust the investigating agencies will continue to do their hard work with honesty and sincerity to seek justice in this case. Peter Mukerjea’s arrest has shocked our family and friends around the world. This has been a trying time for the family as it would be for anyone in similar circumstances. Peter is a much-loved member of the family, known for his generous and compassionate nature and an honourable and impeccable reputation. The whole family is confident of Peter’s innocence and we are in no doubt that due process will ultimately reveal this. It would be best at this time that the agencies are allowed to conduct their work in an unhampered manner – without irresponsible conclusions being arrived at in the interim period by any party. We trust that the media recognises that this matter concerns the privacy, reputation and image of a self-made and respected individual and his family that has already suffered trauma in this case. We request that the media respect this, while they continue to report on the case. We also feel that unbridled speculation in the media about Peter’s culpability apart from being hurtful is counterproductive to a smooth and fair investigation and trial.
Source: Various Sources
Written and Edited by Rajesh Ghadge