CBI asks Maharashtra govt to preserve samples of Indrani's body fluids

Indrani Mukerjea, prime accused in the murder case, had suddenly collapsed in prison last week.

CBI asks Maharashtra govt to preserve samples of Indrani's body fluids

Mumbai: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is probing the high-profile Sheena Bora murder case, on Friday asked the Maharashtra government to preserve samples of Indrani Mukerjea's body fluids collected during her recent hospitalisation.

Indrani Mukerjea, prime accused in the murder case, had suddenly collapsed in prison last week. Jail authorities had later ruled out drug overdose and "attempt to murder" angles in the Indrani collapse incident.

The premier investigating agency has also asked the Maharashtra government to send the inquiry

report of prison or any other authority and action taken in this regard to it.

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Meanwhile, an official - privy to probe into the last Friday's episode at Byculla Women's Prison where Indrani fell unconscious - said the focus on altogether a different angle has led authorities to defer submission of their report by a few days. The report was to be submitted this week.

Indrani was rushed to state-run JJ Hospital here after she fell unconscious last Friday. The 43-year-old was discharged from the hospital on Tuesday last.

"Going by the information gathered till now, it seems highly unlikely that Indrani could attempt suicide. She has denied attempting suicide and anti-anxiety medicines were being given to her in presence of a jail doctor. Also, she had no place to hide medicines in her cell," the official said.

"Attempt to murder" theory has been discarded because the food provided to her is cooked by inmates themselves, he said.

"If somebody wanted to murder her, there would have been a long chain to follow. This could not have been possible without the support of other inmates. The Investigating Officer has taken statements of people who have come in contact with Indrani in the prison. Nobody seems to have been involved in assisting a third party in trying to kill her."

"Once these two theories are discarded, the Investigating Officer is now working on a new angle. The findings of this, coupled with evidence collected till now and the JJ Hospital report will then be scrutinised and a report will be submitted by either Monday or Tuesday," he said.

After Indrani's hospitalisation, conflicting reports had emerged on suspected drug overdose in prison. While one report showed she had overdosed on anti-depressant pills, the other found no such thing.

Indrani and the two other accused -- her former husband Sanjeev Khanna and driver Shyam Rai -- were arrested in August-end on the charge of murdering her daughter Sheena and disposing the body in a forest in Raigad district, about 84 km from here, in April 2012.

The case, initially with Mumbai Police, is now being handled by CBI.

(With PTI inputs)

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