THE CBI has opposed the bail application of Sanjeev Khanna, one of the accused in the Sheena Bora murder case, claiming that he was an active part of the conspiracy. Special public prosecutor Bharat Badami argued before court that Khanna had connived with former wife Indrani Mukerjea and come to Mumbai a day before the murder, on April 23, 2015.
While opposing his bail, the CBI claimed that Khanna came to Mumbai from Kolkata, where he lived, and it was Indrani who booked his stay in a Worli hotel, a few minutes away from her residence at Marlow apartments.
While arguing for bail on Monday, Khanna had claimed that the CBI evidence has contradictions about his presence at two locations at the same time.
The CBI opposed this claim by stating that the hotel Khanna was staying in was a few minutes walk away from the Mukerjea residence.
Badami argued that therefore, it was possible for Khanna to be seen at Marlow around 9.30pm while being at the hotel room a few minutes later to order a meal.
On the motive of the murder, the CBI said that Khanna conspired with Indrani for Sheena’s murder to safeguard their biological daughter Vidhie’s share in property. Vidhie has been adopted by Indrani’s husband, Peter Mukerjea, who is also an accused in the case.
Special Judge H S Mahajan adjourned the decision on the plea till July 29. So far, bail pleas of the other two accused, Peter and Indrani, have also been rejected by the special CBI court. Peter’s plea against the rejection is being heard by the Bombay High Court.