Sheena Bora case: Mumbai sessions court rejects Indrani Mukerjea's bail plea

Mumbai Sessions court on Friday rejected the bail application of Indrani Mukerjea in Sheena Bora murder case.

Indrani MukerjeaIndrani Mukerjea. 

The prosecution had opposed her bail application, arguing that Mukerjea was being provided with a protein-rich diet and has adequate security around her, while reminding the court that if the government had ensured Qasab's well being while he was in jail, they would do the same for Indrani as well.

Special CBI prosecutor Bharat Badami said Indrani is seeking bail on two important grounds – her illness and on her special legal rights as a woman. Badami informed the court, "Considering this is a highly sensitive case and keeping her security in mind, she is being guarded by two lady cops round the clock and her cell is even under CCTV cover. In the past, the government has put a lot of money for the security of Ajmal Qasab and we are going to provide her with the same as well."

Regarding her weight loss, Badami commented, "Indrani keeps walking in the barracks, that is how she is burning calories. She herself is responsible for her weight loss."

Badami also informed the court that when she was hospitalised in October 2015, 12 different doctors, including the gynaecologist, neurologist and skin specialist examined her. She was advised not to have spicy food, have enough rest and sleep properly. Badami said Mukerjea was provided with a protein-rich diet, which includes dry fruits, fruits, milk and boiled vegetables. Her present health condition is normal and she can be sent to the JJ Hospital as and when required.

Mukerjea's advocate Mahesh Jethmalani argued that Indrani needs constant monitoring as her health has been deteriorating since October last year. She needs proper medication as she is suffering from chronic small vessels ischemic disease, which could interrupt the supply of oxygen to her brain and may result in a brain stroke. Jethmalani also told the court that he is seeking bail on humanitarian grounds and not on merit.

"It is not that she is suffering from a serious disease. I don't want to comment if it is a cooked up story," said Badami, adding, "The renowned JJ hospital is taking special care of her. She is being advised to do yoga and meditation, which she is doing. We take care of everybody. Unfortunately some people want VIP treatment. Whatever disease she claims to have, a person affected by it can lead a normal life. They are just making mountain out of a molehill. She was enjoying a lavish life and thus, going to jail has led her to suffer from hypertension. She is bound to suffer from hypertension and she should after everything she has done," said Badami.

The judge said, "The bail is rejected, however several directives can be given to jail authorities and medical officer. Indrani can get private treatment or be taken to private hospital as in when required. She can be treated by private doctors. 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 same should be sent to the court."

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