Arrested for his alleged involvement in the murder of Sheena Bora, Indrani Mukerjea’s second husband Sanjeev Khanna is reported to be a familiar face in top social circles here.
The 4C Chapel Road residence in Hastings area, an upmarket locality, which was first raided by the police in search of Khanna, was found to belong to G M Kapoor, a top executive of the Kolkata chapter of the India National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH). While the police did not find him there, Khanna’s acquaintances knew this address as his residence.
When contacted, Kapoor, well-known for his heritage initiatives, said: “I will not like to comment anything on the police raid in the premises.”
When the Mumbai Police failed to nab Khanna at 4C Chapel Road, they went to a house on Penn Road in Belvedere, Alipore — another upmarket residential area. They found Khanna there, with his friend Ajay Rawla.
Khanna and Rawla, who reportedly went to the same school in Ajmer, are said to be in the heritage tourism business.
Rawla’s latest initiative was to restore a “rajbari” (royal palace) in Budge Budge area in South 24 Parganas and turn it into a tourist resort.
While Rawla reportedly owns the property, Khanna is said to have helped him in the restoration work, and helps to look after the resort. According to sources, Khanna also owns a restaurant in Chowringhee-Park Street area.
Khanna was often seen at CCFC, an elite club in Ballygunge. In fact, on Tuesday night too, he was at the club, engrossed in a game of darts. “Sanjeev was a prominent member of the club… He seemed to be a nice person. After his separation from Indrani, he was a bit lonely, but never depressed,” said a CCFC executive.
Khanna, who was taken into custody by the Mumbai Police Wednesday after about three hours of interrogation, is set to be produced before the court on Thursday, and is likely to be taken to Mumbai later in the evening.