An inspector has alleged that he was stopped from filing an FIR or First Information Report by his senior when Sheena Bora's body was found in the forests of Raigad near Mumbai three years ago.
Sources say police inspector Subhash Mirge has claimed that he was asked not to file an FIR by RD Shinde, the officer who was Superintendent of Police of the district at the time.
The inspector's statement was recorded as part of an inquiry into lapses by the policemen who first found Sheena Bora's body. Mr Mirge is currently posted in Pune.
Sheena Bora, 24, was killed allegedly by her mother Indrani Mukerjea, a former media executive, step-father Sanjeev Khanna, and a driver inside a car in April 2012, in Mumbai.
Her body was allegedly kept overnight in the home of Indrani Mukerjea's husband, TV tycoon Peter Mukerjea, before being taken to the forests of Raigad, 80 km from Mumbai, and burnt.
The remains were found a month later by villagers, who alerted the local police.
The police, however, tagged it as an unclaimed body and buried it after making what is called a "diary entry", the only paperwork needed to abandon a case.
Sources say if an FIR had been filed then, the police would have started a formal investigation which could have led to Sheena Bora's murder being exposed.
The Mumbai police claims that it has found the bones of Sheena Bora from the spot where the body was buried, and the DNA matches with that of Ms Mukerjea.
The inquiry report has been submitted to Director General of Police Sanjeev Dayal.
RD Shinde has said he will clarify his position before the inquiry.
The high profile investigation that captivated many with its daily twists and turns was headed by celebrated officer Rakesh Maria until he was removed as Mumbai police chief 10 days ago and shifted to home guards.
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