Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s brother-in-law Ajai Singh Mehta, popularly known as Sonny Mehta, passed away on Monday. He was 77.
The Chief Minister expressed deep condolence over the demise of Mehta, husband of his sister noted writer Geeta Mehta.
Mehta was the editor-in-chief of Alfred A Knopf and chairman of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group.
Sonny Mehta is the son of Amrik Singh Mehta among the first of Independent India’s diplomats. As a child, Mehta lived all over the world including, Prague, New York, Nepal and Geneva. Mehta was educated at the Sanawar School, India, and Sevenoaks School, UK, where he won an open scholarship to Cambridge University, acquiring two degrees, in History and English Literature, while also editing the magazine Granta.