KOLKATA/MUMBAI: Was Peter Mukerjea trying to dissociate himself from his wife Indrani when he was arrested by the CBI?
In what could be an indication of this, more than a month before he was arrested in the Sheena Bora murder case, Peter had started the process of changing the nominees for one of the four high-value life insurance policies he had bought from two private insurers in Kolkata in 2003–from Indrani and Vidhie to his two sons Rahul and Rabin.
He had also asked for a change of the bank account details for receiving money from two policies he held with another insurer but stopped the process later. One policy from one insurer was in Peter’s name and the other in Indrani’s; both the policies from the second insurer were in Peter’s name.
Peter used to pay the premiums from his account in the Nariman Point branch of a nationalized bank. The first policy that Peter held had a money-back option that allowed Indrani to receive an annual amount in a joint account in a Mumbai-based private bank.
Sources said Peter called up the branch of the insurance company in Kolkata in September and asked that the nominees of the policy in his name be changed from Indrani and Vidhie, Indrani’s daughter from Sanjeev Khanna, to his sons Rabin and Rahul.
The insurance company agreed, sources said, and asked him to submit an application. But the process of changing the Insurance nominees was delayed due to faulty paperwork.
CBI officials are ascertaining if the money received from the policies was diverted to any account where Indrani was the primary account holder.
Peter’s lawyer Niranjan Mundargi on Sunday said he was not yet aware about any insurance Peter had bought. Other investments by the companies earlier owned by Peter and Indrani are also being probed by the CBI.