Lawyer for media tycoon Peter Mukerjea and his wife Indrani on Wednesday cross-examined the villager who had first discovered the partially burnt skeletal remains of Sheena Bora at Pen in Raigad.
The villager, Ganesh Dhene was examined by the prosecution as the 70th witness in the Sheena Bora murder case.
Dhene, a resident of Hetevne village, reportedly told the court that he was passing by the area when he found the remains in 2012.
The villager said he was travelling in a vehicle, and stopped at the place to pick up mangoes, he told the court.
Dhene said his attention drew towards the partially decomposed body as there was a pungent smell in the area. He said on finding the skeletal remains, he immediately informed the local police.
The witness told the court that a team of investigating officers soon visited the spot with doctors, and had taken samples of the bones and teeth of the decomposed body.
Sheena’s murder came to light in 2015, following the arrest of Indrani’s driver Shyamvar Rai for illegal possession of firearms.
During interrogation, Rai revealed that Indrani (Bora) Mukerjea had allegedly killed her daughter, Sheena, and had dumped her body in Pen. The forensic samples collected in 2012 helped police establish Sheena’s death.