The Mumbai police, who are investigating the alleged roles of Indrani Mukerjea and her ex-husband Sanjeev Khanna in the Sheena Bora murder case, have launched a parallel probe into Khanna's finances.
A source in the police told Hindustan Times that Khanna, who ran a cable business in Kolkata, among others, received a substantial sum of money from an undisclosed source soon after Sheena was murdered on April 24, 2012. The police will now scan all of Khanna's financial transactions after that date to determine if this was a payment for his participation in the crime.
"We will investigate all possible angles, including the financial transactions [between Indrani and Sanjeev] to find out the real motive behind the murder," said a senior police officer, who did not wish to be named.
The source said that after Khanna received money, he launched the hip 1658 Bar and Kitchen, spread across 1,500 sq-ft at Chowringhee Lane in Kolkata with businessman Ajay Rawla and another person who is as yet unidentified. Khanna was eating lunch at Rawla's home in Kolkata when the police arrested him on Wednesday. A police source also said that Khanna was involved in turning a crumbling mansion in Bawali, West Bengal, into a heritage resort.
While it is not clear how he raised the money for his share in the swank eatery, police sources said it was suspicious that the restaurant was launched around the time that Sheena was murdered.
Indrani and Peter Mukerjea are suspected in the disappearance of substantial sums of money from INX Media, which they co-founded in 2007, in the name of various family members, including Sheena.
The police now suspect that Khanna was also among the beneficiaries.