MUMBAI: Merely six days after the murder of Sheena Bora on April 24, 2012, her maternal grandmother Durgaranee Bora wrote a strange will. On April 30, 2012, she revoked an earlier will and bequeathed the family’s property worth Rs 3 crore in favour of Sheena and her brother Mikhail.
The Guwahati property comprises a bungalow, two semi-RCC two-storey buildings and two Assam type houses. The will mentioned that “due to some recent developments” all her previous wills stand revoked, including one made on November 4, 2009, which was registered. Durgaranee said considering Sheena’s marriage (with Rahul) “without our consent and knowledge and the fact that she has left us alone with my husband and my grandson Mikhail Bora… Therefore I do, hereby, revoke my previous will, which was executed on November 4, 2009.”
It stated that they were bequeathing the two semi-RCC buildings to Mikhail for his “consideration” in looking after Durgaranee and her husband Upendra Bora in their “old age,” and though “she has left us, out of love and affection for Sheena, I bequeath the two Assam type houses” to her.
Some legal experts wonder if the new will was one among Indrani’s several attempts to show that Sheena was “alive”. In a mail to Indrani, a month before she was killed, Sheena had claimed to have learnt from “kaka” (not clear who she was referring to) of her possible disinheritance from the Guwahati property if she continued to be with Rahul. Sheena’s March 9, 2012, email to Indrani had even said that she did not know whom to believe and it questioned Indrani over whether that SMS was sent by her had come from Guwahati.
The chargesheet also contains two other wills that the Mukerjeas made—one by Indrani’s husband Peter Mukerjea in 2004 in favour of Indrani and other by Indrani in favour of Vidhie in 2003 for her nearly 3,000-square-foot Lower Parel flat in Mumbai. There was yet another will made by her in September 2004, soon after Peter made his will in her favour of a Delhi flat to leave it to Sheena. The will made by Peter in September 14, 2004 bequeathed his half share of the flat and the other half “willed to me by my wife Indrani forever and absolutely”. That copy, though, is not annexed to the chargesheet and the CBI is yet to recover it.
Duragaranee had appointed one Hrishikesh Buragohan as the sole executor of the new will, which she said would “come into effect after my death”. Duraganee declared Sheena and Mikhail her “sole beneficiaries” and “bequeathed to them alone” all her property including “any future assets acquired by me”.
“It is my wish and desire that after my death, my husband Upendra Bora, aged 75, will be the sole owner of my property, and after him, my granddaughter Sheena and grandson Mikhail, shall be entitled to all my movable and immovable assets and estates, absolutely and forever,” the will said.
Curiously in her will, the grandmother said, “It is also true that our daughter Indrani left us after giving birth to her two children—Sheena and Mikhail, and after obtaining divorce from her ex-husband S Das, she has been living separately for about 20 years and since then has no connection with me, my husband and the two children.”