A Mumbai court today reserved its order till tomorrow on a CBI plea seeking permission to interrogate in jail former media magnate Indrani Mukherjea and two other accused in the Sheena Bora murder case.
"The order will be passed tomorrow," said R V Adone, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate of Esplanade court. Seeking permission to quiz Indrani, her former husband Sanjeev Khanna and her driver Shyam Rai in jail, CBI, which had moved an application on 5 October, told the court that it has just taken over the investigation from Mumbai Police and interrogation of the trio was necessary.
The agency submitted that if the permission (for interrogation) is not given then it will have to rely on the investigation conducted by Mumbai Police. CBI has prayed for grant of at least 3 weeks time to interrogate the accused in jail.
Indrani's lawyer Gunjan Mangala told the court that she does not have any objection to her client being interrogated by CBI in jail. The 43-year-old prime accused in the case was rushed to JJ Hospital on Friday after collapsing in Byculla prison after suspected overdose of anti-depressant pills.
According to doctors attending on her, she is conscious and is responding positively to medication. Khanna's lawyer Shreyansh Mithare also said he is not opposed to interrogation if there is any new ground. However, Rai's lawyer Shrinivas Bhave objected to the CBI plea and said the police had sought judicial remand saying that investigation in the case was over and no further custody was required.
On 5 October, the local court had extended the trio's judicial custody till 19 October. It had also asked JJ Hospital authorities to furnish the medical report of Indrani. On 3 October, Indrani's lawyer had moved a court here for permission to meet her in hospital after which the court had sought a report on her health condition.