Former CEO of STAR India Peter Mukherjea was reportedly arrested on Thursday on charges of destruction of evidence and giving false information to prevent wife Indrani Mukherjea from getting arrested.
According to NDTV report, its sources said that Peter was charged for "causing disappearance of evidence of offence and giving false information to screen offender".
Peter was picked up from his Worli residence by a CBI team on Thursday evening and taken to the CBI office in south Mumbai. The agency has filed an FIR against Peter, making him the fourth prime accused in the case, IANS reported.
The report further suggests that Peter was taken into custody after the CBI got suspicious about the conflicting statements given by Indrani, one of the three main accused in the murder case of her daughter Sheena Bora.
The Mumbai Police had on 25 August arrested Indrani in connection with Sheena's murder. Two others, including her ex-husband Sanjeev Khanna and her former driver Shyamwar Rai, are also in the custody of CBI, which took charge of the case from Mumbai Police in mid-September following state government's order.
The CBI on Thursday filed a charge sheet against Indrani, Khanna and Rai in a Mumbai magistrate court.
Sheena, daughter of Indrani and Khanna, was killed on 24 April, 2012, and her remains were later found in an isolated spot in the forests near Gagode village, adjacent to Raigad district, around 80 km south of Mumbai.
Indrani, Khanna and Rai are accused of killing Sheena in the car and later dumping her body in the forest after setting it ablaze. The remains of her body was found by a villager on 23 May, 2012, but no action was taken as the Raigad Police failed to register a complaint.
The forensic team at AIIMS conducted tests on the remains found from the site after Indrani's arrest and confirmed that it belonged to Sheena.
So far, the investigators have not been able to find the reason behind the murder, but financial and property dealings are suspected to have led to Sheena's murder.
(With inputs from IANS)