Mumbai: Former media honcho Indrani Mukerjea, accused of killing her daughter Sheena Bora, is alleged to have attempted suicide by consuming pills in jail on Friday.
Indrani, wife of former STAR India CEO Peter Mukerjea, was rushed to government-run JJ Hospital in south Mumbai in an unconscious state Friday afternoon. She was hospitalised after drug overdose with doctors describing her condition as "serious", leading to speculation that she might have attempted suicide.
"Indrani is in a semi-conscious state and will be under treatment and observation at the hospital for three more days," TP Lahane, Dean of JJ hospital told PTI this morning.
"Necessary blood and urine tests were carried out and a team of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officials was also briefed on her medical condition," another doctor at the hospital said.
According to CNN-IBN, Dr TP Lahane said Indrani's condition has improved and is not on ventilator support.
The doctor said though the former media magnate is responding to the treatment, but she is not out of danger. The doctor further said that respiratory problem remains.
The doctor confirmed that principal secretary and a team of CBI officials visited Indrani at the hospital last night.
The doctor maintained that no family member paid a visit to Indrani.
43-year-old Indrani, the prime accused in the sensational murder of 24-year-old Sheena, was rushed from the Arthur Road jail and admitted to the JJ Hospital after she complained of "uneasiness", DCP Mohan Dahikar said on Friday.
According to Dr Lahane, Indrani was on epilepsy medication. "We suspect that she got her epilepsy medicine and probably consumed all of it," he added.
There was speculation that Indrani was under depression and had attempted suicide by consuming some pills.
Indrani was arrested on August 25 for her alleged role in the murder of Sheena, her daughter from a previous marriage, in April 2012. The two other accused in the case are Shyamvar Rai, Indrani's former driver and her ex-husband Sanjeev Khanna.
The sensational case was initially handled by Mumbai Police under the supervision of the then police commissioner Rakesh Maria and later transferred to the CBI by the Maharashtra government.
The CBI lodged a separate case against the three late last month.
Since September 7, Indrani, Khanna and Rai have been lodged in judicial custody.