Indrani Mukerjea is not suffering from dengue: JJ docs

Doctors at JJ hospital — where Indrani Mukerjea is being treated— say her tests for dengue have turned out negative; her platelet levels have improved considerably after hospitalisation

Doctors attending to Indrani Mukerjea — prime accused in the Sheena Bora murder case — at the JJ Hospital yesterday, said she has not contracted dengue.

Indrani Mukerjea (above right) is accused of killing her daughter Sheena Bora (left). Pic/PTI
Indrani Mukerjea (above right) is accused of killing her daughter Sheena Bora (left). Pic/PTI

The 43-year-old former media executive was brought to the state-run facility from Byculla Women’s prison on Wednesday after her platelet levels dropped.

Hospital Dean T P Lahane said that though Indrani’s platelet count had dipped, she has not been diagnosed with dengue. Her tests (for dengue) are negative, he said.

After hospitalisatiosn, the levels improved considerably, Lahane said, adding that a dip in platelet levels may sometimes occur due to fever.

Lahane said a decision on Indrani’s discharge would be taken on Thursday evening, after a thorough medical examination and a platelet count check. She is said to have been suffering from fever and body ache for almost a week.

On Wednesday, prison authorities had informed a magistrate court that Indrani was suspected to have dengue as her platelet count dipped to 65,000. Magistrate R V Adone had directed the prison authorities to produce Indrani in view of the application made by CBI seeking her voice samples.

Indrani, her former husband Sanjeev Khanna and her driver Shyamvar Rai are currently in judicial custody. The three are accused of killing Indrani’s 24-year-old daughter Sheena and disposing the body in a forest in April 2012.

Previous hospitalisation
On October 2, Indrani Mukerjea was taken to JJ Hospital from Byculla women’s prison in an unconscious state, fuelling speculation that she had overdosed on anti-depressant drugs.

But the probe by Inspector General (prisons) ruled out the possibility of drug overdose, poisoning or suicide bid, and concluded that she had collapsed due to weakness.

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