Jail authorities on Saturday claimed Indrani Mukherjea, the prime accused in the Sheena Bora murder case, had not suffered from drug overdose or poisoning.
“There was no overdose, nor any poison. Her condition could have worsened as she had briefly stopped taking medicines and was suffering from weakness,” said the Inspector General of Prisons Bipin Kumar Singh.
“I have come to the conclusion that there is no evidence of foul play, sabotage or conspiracy. Also there is no evidence of attempt to commit suicide,” he said, addressing a press conference at Byculla jail.
Maharashtra Principal Secretary (Home) Vijay Satbir Singh, referring to media reports, said that the amount of cocaine found in her urine samples was very small.
Bhushan Kumar Upadhaye, ADG, Prisons, said pesticides in fruits and vegetables consumed by a person could also cause cocaine to show up in such tests.
“The level of cocaine in her urine was 35 nano grams per millilitres of blood while the normal level is up to 300 nano grams,” Satbir Singh said.
IG Bipin Kumar Singh said, on September 8, Indrani had fainted in the prison and she was given medicines by the jail doctors.
“On the next day, a psychiatrist from JJ hospital had diagnosed her,” he said. “On September 10, she complained of body pain, lack of sleep and restlessness and even then she was treated by jail doctors. Then she was having tablets between September 12 to 26, while between September 26 to October 2, she was not taking any tablets,” he said.
Indrani was rushed to the government-run JJ Hospital here on October 2 from the Byculla prison after she fainted.
Bipin Kumar Singh said that he had recorded statements of 32 persons and also studied CCTV footages during the probe of the episode, ordered by the State government.
He pointed out that forensic science laboratory (FSL) report said that no poison was found. Contrary to some reports, Indrani never hoarded medicines; she always took them in front of jail guards, he said.
From the jail, Indrani had written four letters to her husband Peter Mukerjea and received two letters. “No family members have met her in jail, while the British consulate officials will meet her in jail on Monday,” he said.