The city police have initiated an enquiry into a claim made by Indrani Mukerjea, the prime accused in the high-profile Sheena Bora murder case, that she was facing a threat to her life, an official 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 Byculla prison in south Mumbai after her discharge from the facility.
"We have received an application from Indrani Mukerjea in which she claimed that she was facing a threat to her life," said Deepak Deoraj, Deputy Commissioner of Police and spokesperson of the Mumbai Police.
He said an appropriate action would be taken as per legal provisions once the enquiry into Indrani's claim is over.
"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.
"We couldn't record her statement after the Prison authorities told us that Indrani was unwell. Otherwise, our team was ready to visit the Byculla prison 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.
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 Byculla Jail.
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 co-founder of INX Media, was questionned by the CBI in the Byculla Jail last month as part of its probe into the INX media deal in which Congress leader P Chidambaram's son Karti had allegedly received kickbacks.
Indrani is accused of killing her daughter Sheena 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 driver Shyamvar Rai were arrested for their alleged roles in the crime. Rai later turned an approver (prosecution witness) in the case.
Indrani told special CBI judge 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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