Situated on the outskirts of Dehradun is Shankar Sadan, a colonial-era residence known as “the house of landlords” among locals.
The Badripur area has witnessed a burst of activity this week with an unrelenting tide of news crews making its way to this sleepy neighbourhood courtesy a murder case that’s beginning to unravel over 1,700 km away.
When 80-year-old Seema Anand Singh came out of the sprawling Shankar Sadan to meet this reporter on Thursday, she was visibly upset about the media coverage of the Sheena Bora case and reluctant to speak.
But she gradually opened up about her daughter, Shabnam, former Star India CEO Peter Mukerjea’s first wife, as well as her grandson, Rahul.
Mumbai police has questioned Rahul as he was reportedly having an affair with his stepsister, Sheena, who was allegedly killed by her mother, Indrani Mukerjea, Peter Mukerjea’s present wife.
Indrani was arrested this week by police for the 2012 murder of Sheena, who was earlier widely believed to be her sister.
“Why is Rahul’s name being dragged (into the controversy)? He is a reserved boy,” Seema lamented. She, however, refused to say anything on her grandson’s relationship with Sheena.
Close to Shankar Sadan is another mansion, Gul and Gulshan, where Rahul lives with Shabnam.
Sources say Rahul was inconspicuously living in Dehradun for the past three-four years. He and his mother reportedly left for Mumbai on Wednesday, a day after the Sheena Bora murder case surfaced.
“They (mother and son) would hardly come to see me, but I made it a point to visit them,” Seema said. “We gave them a piece of land where she (Shabnam) built her home.”