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'Life threat claim': Cops initiates probe, yet to record

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The city police have initiated an enquiry into a claim made by Mukerjea, the prime accused in the high-profile Bora murder case, that she was facing a threat to her life, an said today.

Indrani, who was recently admitted to state-run J J Hospital here for the treatment of a suspected drug overdose, had yesterday expressed the apprehension while she was being taken back to the in south after her discharge from the facility.

"We have received an application from in which she claimed that she was facing a threat to her life," said Deepak Deoraj, of Police and of the Police.

Besides, had yesterday said that she was facing a threat to her life while she was being taken to the Byculla prison, said the

He said an appropriate action would be taken as per legal provisions once the enquiry into Indrani's claim is over.

Another said the police are yet to record Indrani's statement regarding her claim.

"As she (Indrani) is currently lodged in the Byculla Jail, we will have to secure permission of the Prisons department to record her statement," he said.

Meanwhile, station said the police were planning to record Indrani's statement today, but couldn't succeed.

"We couldn't record her statement after the Prison authorities told us that Indrani was unwell. Otherwise, our team was ready to visit the and record her statement," he said.

Responding to a reporter's query yesterday that whether she was facing a threat to her life, Indrani had replied in the affirmative, but was whisked away by the police personnel escorting her before she could say much.

Meanwhile, authorities today submitted Indrani's medical report before a special court hearing the murder case, which confirmed that she fell ill due to the overdose of a medicine.

A doctor attached to the Byculla Prison told the court that Indrani was still weak and cannot walk alone.

He said Indrani would take at least six days to recover.

Indrani, 46, was on April 6 admitted to the JJ hospital, where she was brought in a "semi-conscious" condition from her cell in

She subsequently underwent a series of medical tests.

Her urine samples were sent for analysis at a forensic laboratory here and after receiving its report, the hospital authorities said she had an overdose of anti-depressants that were not prescribed to her.

Besides being the key accused in the murder case, Indrani, the of INX Media, was questionned by the in the last month as part of its probe into the deal in which P Chidambaram's son had allegedly received kickbacks.

was arrested by the in February this year after a confessional statement was given by Indrani before a

Indrani is accused of killing her daughter Bora, 25, whose body was found dumped in a forest area in the neighbouring Raigad district in April 2012, according to the police.

Besides Indrani, her husband Peter Mukerjea, former husband Sanjeev Khanna, and were arrested for their alleged roles in the crime. Rai later turned an approver (prosecution witness) in the case.

The special today couldn't record the statement of Kajal Sharma, former and the key witness in the case, as Indrani could not attend the court on health reasons.

Indrani told special CBI J C Jagadale through a video link from the jail that she wanted to remain present in the court during examination of Sharma.

The hearing of the case is adjourned till April 18.

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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 20:20 IST