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Indrani Mukerjea continues to remain critical, still unconscious

News Agencies | Updated on: 13 February 2017, 5:19 IST

Indrani Mukerjea, the main accused in murder of her daughter Sheena Bora is still in a critical condition and has not regained consciousness after being admitted to the JJ Hospital in Mumbai on 2 October.

Dr T P Lahane, the Dean of JJ Hospital has said that Indrani was responding to treatment and added that doctors are trying hard to revive her from deep sleep.

"She has not regained consciousness yet but we are trying our best. Indrani is still critical but is responding to treatment. We are closely monitoring her vital parameters," Dr Lahane told PTI this morning.

He added that Ms Mukerjea was not on ventilator support, but was being given oxygen because she is not able to breath on her own.

Dr Lahane had yesterday said that according to a report from Hinduja Hospital laboratory, the level of benzodiazepine - an anti-depressant - was found raised in her urine sample.

Normally if a patient is on anti-depressant drug, the level of benzodiazepine in urine is 200. But in Indrani's case, it is 2088. The report is positive for drug overdose. Anti-epileptic drugs have already been ruled out. The (test) has come negative. It is only the anti-depressant that has caused the thing (collapse)," he had said.

Principal Home Secretary (Prisons) Vijay Satbir Singh has 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 ascertain if there was an overdose.

The probe is also looking if there was negligence or foul play and action would be taken against those found responsible, he had said.

Ms Mukerjea, 43, was arrested in August and has been lodged at the Byculla jail since 7 September when she was remanded in judicial custody.

Sheena Bora, 24, was killed in 2012. The Mumbai Police has accused her mother, Indrani, step-father Sanjeev Khanna, and a driver of hatching a criminal conspiracy to murder Sheena, abducting and murdering her and disposing of her half-burnt body in a forest in Raigad, about 80 km from Mumbai. During her lifetime, Ms Bora was presented by her mother as a younger sister.

Mr Khanna, a Kolkata businessman, and Ms Mukerjea's driver were also arrested and are lodged at the Arthur Road Prison. Ms Mukerjea's husband, Peter Mukerjea, a former CEO of Star India, has been questioned several times by the police in the case.


First published: 4 October 2015, 11:35 IST