Indrani probe focus shifts to ‘poisoning’

Mumbai : In a fresh twist to the ongoing probe into former media magnate Indrani Mukerjea’s sudden hospitalisation, a senior Maharashtra Home Department official on Monday said it was being ascertained whether she was “poisoned” inside the jail.

Prima facie, it seems unlikely that she had stored the drugs for several days and then consumed them in one go, the official said. “We do not think that she could have kept the medicine with her. The doctor ensures that inmates consume medicines in hispresence,” he added.

So, the focusing is now on whether somebody tried to poison her. The investigating officer is recording statements of all those who came in contact with Indrani in the jail, including prison officials, other inmates and cooks, the official said on condition of anonymity.

Indrani is said to be stable and in a conscious state. If her condition continues to improve, then she might get discharged in the next 48 hours, sources at JJ Hospital said.

Dr T P Lahane, dean of JJ Hospital said, “Indrani is in a state of consciousness since yesterday and her condition is stable. She is consuming liquids and her breathing is also normal.’’

The police couldn’t record Indrani’s statement on Monday as the doctors treating her refused to grant permission. Following her discharge, Indrani will be shifted back to jail but put in a cell which is less crowded, sources added.

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