The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday asked the Maharashtra government to preserve all samples collected by the hospital which treated former media tycoon Indrani Mukerjea, accused of murdering her daughter Sheena Bora, after a suspected drug overdose.
Indrani was rushed from jail to JJ Hospital on October 2 after she felt uneasy and collapsed. She was discharged from the hospital on Tuesday.
CBI officials said they had asked the state government to preserve the samples and to forward a copy of the report on the inquiry by the jail into Indrani’s hospitalisation. The probe is aimed at ascertaining if there were any lapses or foul play linked to Indrani’s illness.
A CBI spokesperson said, “We have asked the Maharashtra government to send the inquiry report of the prison or any other authority, and action taken in this regard.”
The agency wants samples of Indrani’s stomach wash, urine and blood during her hospitalisation to be preserved. The CBI’s decision to ask the state government to preserve these samples has raised eyebrows because of the controversy that surrounded Indrani’s medical condition.
TP Lahane, the dean of JJ Hospital, had said Indrani collapsed because of an overdose of anti-depressants and anti-epileptic drugs. He further said a report from the privately run PD Hinduja Hospital had confirmed the presence of drugs in her urine and blood samples.
However, the state-run Forensic Science Laboratory at Kalina stated it could not find any drugs in any of the samples, including the stomach wash, urine and blood samples sent by JJ Hospital.
The controversy resulted in chief minister Devendra Fadnavis asking an officer of the rank of inspector general of police to probe Indrani’s medical condition.
Indrani, who was arrested on August 25, has been held at Byculla women’s prison since September 7. Her former husband Sanjeev Khanna and her driver Shyamwar Rai have also been accused of involvement in Sheena Bora’s murder.