A former husband of arrested 9X media founder Indrani Mukerjea allegedly had a hand in the murder of her daughter Sheena Bora, police have revealed, giving yet another twist to the sensational crime that has gripped the nation.
Police on Wednesday arrested businessman Sanjeev Khanna (50), Indrani’s former husband, in Kolkata for his alleged complicity in the murder of Sheena, who was 24 when she disappeared in 2012.
According to Kolkata Police officials, Khanna was grilled by a Mumbai police team for around two hours and on finding discrepancies in his replies, arrested him.
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Mumbai Police commissioner Rakesh Maria told reporters that Khanna was present in the car when Indrani allegedly strangled Sheena on April 24, 2012. The body was allegedly burnt and disposed of in a forested area of Raigad.
Rai, who was Indrani’s driver for 10 years, was allegedly fired after the murder.
Rahul, who dropped off Sheena when she went to meet Indrani on the fateful day, filed a complaint with police two days after she went missing but her remains were discovered only on May 23.
Both Rahul and Mikhail have said Indrani persistently claimed Sheena was in the US for her studies and did not want to be disturbed.
Three days after the murder, Rahul is said to have received text messages from Sheena’s mobile number that stated she was breaking off the relationship.
Officials, requesting anonymity, said Rahul and Sheena were seeing each other for more than a year, an affair which Indrani did not approve of.
Sheena’s brother Mikhail told media in Guwahati he and his sibling were born out of wedlock but declined to reveal the identity of their father. He further said he had no doubt “Indrani killed my sister Sheena”.