Former Mumbai police commissioner Rakesh Maria, now Maharashtra's Director General (Home Guards), and two other senior officials of the force have been questioned by CBI in connection with the Sheena Bora murder case in which the agency is about to wrap up investigation.
Besides Maria, who was then the Police Commissioner, the CBI also questioned Deven Bharti, Joint Commissioner (Law and Order) and Satya Narayan Choudhary, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone-X).
The spotlight had fallen on Maria and his team after CBI arrested media baron Peter Mukherjea last year. There were allegations that Maria had not probed the property angle in the case and not quizzed Mukherjea.
The 24-year-old Sheena was strangled in a car in Mumbai in April 2012 allegedly by Indrani, Khanna and Indrani's former driver Shyamvar Rai. Sheena's body was then dumped in a forest in neighbouring Raigad district. The case came to light only last year when Rai was arrested in another case. Rai later turned approver in the murder case.
Maria had reportedly shown personal interest in the case and had himself interrogated the accused including Indrani Mukerjea and Sanjeev Khanna, which is unusual.
Maria was, however, removed from his post as commissioner and promoted as Director General of Home Guards with immediate effect.
The CBI had last week filed its second supplementary charge sheet in the case in a special court, stating Sheena's mother and prime accused Indrani Mukerjea kept her husband Peter Mukerjea updated on phone over the selection of spot for disposal of the body.
The nearly 200-page charge sheet was filed before the court of special CBI judge H S Mahajan.