Media magnate Indrani Mukerjea, prime accused in the sensational murder case of her daughter Sheena Bora, day regained consciousness and is out of danger, hospital authorities said on Sunday, two days after she was rushed from jail in a serious condition.
“Indrani is conscious. She is responding to our commands. Her condition is good. But she will remain under observation for next 24 to 48 hours before we consult a psychiatrist and seek opinion on discharging her,” Dr T.P. Lahane, Dean of state-run JJ Hospital told reporters here.
“She is still drowsy but we have been giving her some fluids including water. Indrani is completely out of danger now,” Lahane said, adding, “within 48 hours, we will discharge her.”
43-year-old Indrani was rushed to JJ Hospital from Byculla jail on Friday afternoon in an unconscious condition after she allegedly overdosed on anti-depressant pills.
To a query on the conflicting forensic findings on her suspected drug overdose, Lahane said, “The forensic test is authentic and reliable and we have accepted the findings of the report.”
“We have been giving her treatment on the basis of clinical findings and she is responding to our treatment,” he said.
Dr Lahane had on Saturday said a report on Indrani’s urine samples from Hinduja Hospital laboratory confirmed that level of benzodiazepine—an anti depressant—was found raised.
“Normally if a patient is on antidepressant drug the level of benzodiazepine in urine is 200. But the level of benzodiazepine is 2088 as per the Hinduja report.The report is positive for drug overdose. Anti-epileptic drugs has already been ruled out. The (test) has come negative.It is only the anti-depressant that has caused the thing (collapse),” he had said.
Wife of media baron Peter Mukerjea, Indrani was arrested by Khar Police on August 25 for her alleged role in the murder of Sheena, her daughter from an earlier marriage, in 2012.
Indrani’s daughter Sheena, 24, was allegedly kidnapped from outside National College in Bandra and strangled to death in a car by Indrani, her former husband Sanjeev Khanna and driver Shyamvar Rai.
Indrani’s lawyer had moved a local court seeking permission to meet her in the hospital and the court sought a re-report on her health condition.
Asked whether the report of overdose was wrong, Lahane said, “Whatever talk of overdose there has been, we can explain it two ways. We did the MRI in which the brain was found to be normal. We did other tests on the basis of clinical findings, on the basis of which diagnosis is done”.
“Accordingly, suitable treatment was given to her and she has responded. And after responding to it, she is now conscious,” he said.
About the possibility of Indrani suffering memory loss, he said,”This is something only time will tell. Generally, in such cases, there are no chances and I believe that recovery is 90 per cent to 100 per cent.”
On why was she brought to the hospital, Lahane said, “Clinically, we thought the cause was overdose of medicines and accordingly she was treated and she has responded.”
During the court hearing, the CBI, which has taken over the investigation in the Sheena murder case, said the probe is at an initial stage and the gravity of the offence is very serious.
Meanwhile, Principal Home Secretary (Prisons) Vijay Satbir Singh said the probe is looking into all aspects including whether the medicines or any other toxic substance she consumed were prescribed by the doctors and if there was an overdose, how did that happen.
The probe is also looking at whether there was negligence or foul play and action would be taken against those found responsible, he had said.
“After she regains consciousness, the statement she gives will provide vital information on how she fell unconscious and if there was a drug overdose, how did that happen. If there is an element of criminality, a case will be filed against those guilty,” Singh had said.