Indrani's bail plea rejected, but no bar on pvt treatment

Main accused of the Sheena Bora murder case Indrani Mukerjea’s shot at a reprieve was scuttled yesterday with the Mumbai sessions court rejecting her bail plea.

Indrani Mukerjea
Indrani Mukerjea

The prosecution had opposed her bail application, arguing that Mukerjea is being given a protein-rich diet and has adequate security in prison, while reminding the court that if the government had ensured 26/11 attacker Ajmal Qasab’s well-being in jail, it would do the same for Indrani.

Special CBI prosecutor Bharat Badami said Indrani had sought bail on two grounds — her illness and her special rights as a woman.

Rejecting the bail application, the judge said, “Indrani can get private treatment or be taken to a private hospital as in when she requires. She can be treated by private doctors as well. Five to six directions have already been given regarding her diet. She should also be checked by JJ Hospital doctors quarterly and a report of the same should be sent to the court.”

The court directed that she should be on 24-hour surveillance and “symptoms of her disease should be recorded every time she has a blackout”.

Earlier, during arguments against the bail plea, Indrani’s drastic 18-kg weight loss had come into focus. To this, Badami had said, “Indrani keeps walking in the barracks, that is how she is burning calories. She herself is responsible for the weight loss.”

He also told the court that when Indrani was hospitalised in October 2015, 12 doctors, including a gynecologist, a neurologist and a dermatologist, examined her. She was advised not to consume spicy food, and to take rest and sleep properly. Badami said Indrani is being provided with a protein-rich diet, which includes dry fruits, fruits, milk and boiled vegetables. Her current health condition is normal and she can be sent to JJ Hospital as and when required, he added.

Health concerns
Indrani’s advocate Mahesh Jethmalani argued that she needs constant monitoring as her health has been deteriorating since October last year. She needs proper medication as she suffers from chronic small vessels ischemic disease, which could interrupt the supply of oxygen to her brain, resulting in a brain stroke, he said. The bail, according to Jethmalani, was sought on humanitarian grounds and not on merit.

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