NGO questions bail granted to Jai Ho actress Sana Khan in kidnapping case
An actress may find herself in hot water after discrepancies have been pointed out in her bail application. Sana Khan, who appeared in Salman Khan-starrer Jai Ho and was also part of Bigg Boss in 2012, had been charged with an attempt to kidnap a 15-year-old girl last year.
A city-based NGO has questioned the grounds on which she was granted bail, as her guarantor, Ismail Kader Khan is himself an accused in another case and didn’t tell the police about it. The NGO also said that Khan is her husband, a claim that is dismissed by the actress.
The NGO revealed Ismail Khan is an accused in a forgery case, but didn’t tell the police about it. It was Sana who had bailed him out in 2009. File pics
The ration card Ismail submitted to the Navi Mumbai police, while bailing out Sana last year, mentions Sana Khan, aged 22, as his wife. mid-day has copies of all bail documents of the couple as well as Ismail’s ration card.
In 2013, a police case was filed against Sana for allegedly attempting to abduct a 15-year-old girl who had rebuffed the actress’s cousin Naved’s marriage proposal (see box).
After the girl’s family filed a police case, Sana went underground and, eventually, surrendered to the police after having been declared absconding. For her bail application, one Ismail Kader Khan had stood guarantor for her release, saying he was her ‘friend’.
However, according to Ash Chotrani, the president of a city NGO called Holy Family International Services, Ismail is the actress’s husband and himself an accused.
Chotrani told mid-day that Mumbai Police’s Economic Offences Wing had arrested Ismail in 2009 for a forgery case. It was Sana who had bailed Ismail out then, and in that application, she had mentioned that she was his wife.
“How could Ismail become her guarantor in the kidnapping case when he himself is an accused in a fraud case which is still open?” questioned Chotrani. Chotrani further alleged that Sana even travelled to the US recently to launch her food supplement brand with Ismail, when she isn’t allowed to travel abroad without the permission of the investigating officer.
P R Sawant, investigation officer from Turbhe police station, where the kidnapping case has been registered, said, “She cannot leave the city without the knowledge of the police. We were not informed that he (Ismail) is also a defaulter.”
A police officer further revealed, “Since the day we have filed the chargesheet, Sana has not shown up in court even once. We have sent her show-cause notices but get no replies. We didn’t even know she had travelled abroad.”
Moreover, the NGO president further alleged that Sana’s passport itself was obtained by fraudulent means. “Sana Khan’s passport has a Dharavi address, but we found out that the Dharavi place had been sold in 2005 and she has been staying in Lokhandwala since then. Her passport was made in 2009.”
The NGO has written to Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria, apprising him of the alleged forgery in the passport and demanding an investigation into the matter.
The alleged kidnapping
Last year, Naved Khan, Sana’s brother, had befriended a teenage girl on a social-networking website. A few months later, he proposed marriage. When the minor refused, Naved kept pursuing which prompted the girl to cut off all communication and delete her account.
On April 30, Naved and his three friends stopped the girl in Sanpada and attempted to drag the girl into a car at whose wheel was Sana. The girl managed to free herself and ran home, but Naved and his friends had already reached there first.
The girl’s family had a heated argument with the accused, and the next day, lodged a case with Turbhe police station. The four boys were arrested on the same day and Sana, after staying in hiding for some time, surrendered herself to the police.
The other side
When contacted, the actress denied the allegations, saying Ismail Khan is actually her business partner. “A lot of people say that I am married. I know too many Ismail Khans.
There are so many people who are jealous of me and are out there to spread rumours about me. If I say that you are my sister and I write your name in my ration card, that doesn’t mean that you will become my sister.
We all know how the fake documents can be made. I don’t know which Ismail Khan you are talking about. One is my friend and business partner,” she said. On being asked why the court had recorded her name as Ismail’s wife in the bail document, she replied, “I don’t know about that and I don’t know about my case either.”
Ismail Khan, however, claimed he was in a live-in relationship with the actress. “We lived together till 2012. After she returned from Bigg Boss, we started living separately and we are just friends now.”