MUMBAI: Former media magnate Indrani Mukerjea, accused of killing her daughter Sheena Bora, was today hospitalised after drug overdoze with doctors describing her condition as "serious", leading to speculation that she might have attempted suicide.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who also holds the home portfolio, ordered an inquiry into the incident late tonight.
"She was brought here at 2 pm. She is unconscious since then," Dr T P Lahane, Dean of government run J J Hospital in south Mumbai, told reporters. "She is unconscious, her condition is serious," he said.
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 J J Hospital after she complained of "uneasiness", said DCP Mohan Dahikar.
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.
Jail authorities said she has been on anti-epileptic pills since September 11 after she started suffering bouts of seizure. Prison officials, who were tasked to monitor her medication, have been asked to explain how Indrani got hold of tablets more than her dosage.
Anti-epileptic drugs are given to control seizures and an overdose can put person in comatose state, a senior doctor said.
"Whatever toxic has been there, if it has gone out of the body, then I think, it should be clear to us within the next 24 hours to check the response. It will be take at least 24 hours," Dr Lahane said. The inquiry, to be covered by DIG (prisons) will cover all angles, including how Indrani managed to get hold of the tablets, a senior official in CMO told PTI.
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 high-profile case was initially handled by Mumbai police under the supervision of the then Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria. It was later transferred to CBI by Maharashtra government. The central agency last month filed a murder case against the three accused.
On September 7, Indrani was sent to judicial custody. Her husband, Peter Mukerjea, former Star India CEO, was also questioned several times by police.
Sheena was allegedly abducted by the three accused and killed inside a car after which her body was burnt and dumped into the jungles of adjoining Raigad district.
Meanwhile, Inspector General (prisons) Bipin Kumar Singh said that the condition of Indrani has become stable and she was responding.
He said that Indrani was prescribed anti-anxiety pills by JJ hospital psychiatrist. "The pills were prescribed on September 11 and she was supposed to take them from September 12 to 26," he said.
The probe will seek to ascertain whether she had accumulated the pills beyond the prescribed limit, he said.