The lawyers of Sanjeev Khanna, an accused in the Sheena Bora murder case, on Monday claimed that he was not present when she was strangled in a car in Mumbai on April 24, 2012.
Advocates Hrishikesh Mundergi and Shreyansh Mithare, Khanna’s lawyers, were arguing before the sessions court for his bail.
According to the CBI, Sheena was picked up by her mother and the prime accused, Indrani Mukerjea — Khanna’s former wife — at around 6:30 pm that day, whereas Khanna had reached a Mumbai hotel where he was to stay at 6:04 pm, the lawyers said.
It was impossible for Khanna to reach the spot where Indrani and Sheena were in such a short time, they said.
Refuting the CBI’s claim that Khanna was at Indrani’s house at Marlow Bungalow, his lawyers said around that time he was ordering a meal at his hotel. The waiter who served him in his room took Khanna’s signature on the bill, they said.
There was no ‘meeting of minds’ between Khanna and Indrani to hatch the conspiracy, the lawyers added.
A key witness who saw the body being disposed of emerged three years after the incident, they said. Witnesses identified Khanna because his face was all over the media.
The prosecution is likely to put forth its arguments on Tuesday.
Indrani, Khanna and her current husband and former media baron Peter Mukerjea are accused of conspiring to murder Sheena, Indrani’s daughter from an earlier relationship, with a financial motive.
Her former driver Shaymvar Rai has turned approver in the case.
According to CBI, Indrani, Khanna and Rai were involved in the murder on April 24, 2012. Sheena was strangled inside a car and her body burnt in a forest in Raigad district.