Former media magnate Indrani Mukerjea, prime accused in the sensational Sheena Bora murder case, is still critical with the next 48 hours going to be crucial for her survival, according to JJ hospital, where she was rushed on Friday from Byculla prison with suspected drug overdose.
"The next 48 hours will be critical for her," J J Hospital Dean Dr T P Lahane told reporters today when asked if she is out of danger. "We can not say that Indrani is out of danger before the next 48 hours. 72 hours are very critical out of which 24 hours have already passed. We will be able to say only after 48 hours whether her condition has improved or not", Lahane said.
He said "she is in a deep sleep right now but her blood pressure and pulse levels are normal. She is not on ventilator support but we are providing her with oxygen because she is not able to breath automatically," he said. "We did not find the drug in the gastric test. If the drug must have dissolved in the body we will come to know when we get the urine and blood sample report by tomorrow evening," he said.
JJ hospital doctors have been provided prison records which showed that Indrani was allegedly taking anti-epilepsy medicines since September 11.
It is suspected that Indrani went into depression after learning about the demise of her mother in Guwahati on Tuesday.
Indrani was also prescribed anti-depressant and anti- anxiety pills from September 12 to 25 by a J J Hospital psychiatrist. The probe will seek to find out if she had gathered the pills beyond the prescribed numbers, if so, how did she manage to do so.
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.
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.
Meanwhile, as ordered by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis yesterday, IG (Prison) began a probe, covering all angles, including possible lapses on the part of jail authorities and medical staff there.
Indrani's lawyer also moved a local court seeking permission to meet her in the hospital and court sought a re-report on her health condition.
During the hearing, the CBI, which has taken over the investigation in the Sheena murder case, told the court the probe is at an initial stage and the gravity of the offence is very serious.