Indrani Mukerjea discharged from Mumbai's JJ Hospital

Elias Hubbard
April 12, 2018

Former media tycoon Indrani Mukerjea, arrested on charges of killing her daughter Sheena Bora, was on Wednesday discharged from the JJ Hospital and taken back to the Byculla prison.

Rajvardhan Sinha will record Mukerjea's statement on Thursday which is expected to cover the drug overdose as well as her claim about a threat to her life.

When asked by reporters outside the hospital if she feared for her life, she said, "Yes, there is a threat to my life".

Initial diagnosis of Mukerjea had pointed to possibilities of a drug overdose which was confirmed after her urine reports showed elevated levels of benzodiazepine.

J J Hospital's Medical Superintendent Dr Sanjay Surase said Mukerjea's condition was now better and that she was taking oral feed.

Mukerjea, 46, was on April 6 admitted to the hospital, where she was brought in a "semi-conscious" condition from her cell in Byculla Jail in south Mumbai.

"The medicine prescribed to her is amitriptyline, which is an anti-depressant, but certainly does not belong to the benzodiazepine class of drugs. Thus, we chose to discharge the patient and by 1pm she was able to walk out of the hospital without any assistance", said doctors from the hospital.

"Her health has improved and we have carried out a detailed check-up today (Wednesday)".

Indrani, the former INX Media chief underwent an MRI scan and other tests after she was rushed to the JJ Hospital in Mumbai due to an alleged drug overdose.

The doctors at the Hinduja Hospital said the presence of a high level of benzodiazepine in Mukerjea's samples implied that she had consumed the anti-depressant in a large quantity. "She is being treated for fever and pneumonia", he said.

However, the chemical analysis report by the forensic science laboratory (FSL) on Wednesday ruled out drug overdose and said her ill health could be due to some "other medical ailment", CNN-News18 reported.

The IG (prisons) will submit his report to the department after completing the inquiry.

Mukerjea's daughter, Sheena Bora (24), was abducted and killed on April 24, 2012, allegedly over a financial dispute.

Special Judge J C Jagdale also told Peter and Khanna in court not to accept foodstuff from any outsider when they come for their court hearings. The jail authorities have, therefore, sought to know about Indrani's food intake on the day, sources said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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