A panel of doctors at the state-run J J Hospital has declared murder accused Indrani Mukerjea completely fit and concluded that she was not suffering from any life-threatening condition.
Opposing her bail plea on medical grounds, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday argued that she lost weight as she used to walk around the jail premises.
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Mukerjea, who is lodged in Byculla Women’s Jail for allegedly murdering her daughter Sheena Bora in 2012, had filed for bail last month citing her deteriorating health. She had moved court stating that she suffered from chronic ischemia, and pleaded that she required immediate medical help as facilities in the jail and the hospital were inadequate.
Arguing against granting bail, CBI Special Public Prosecutor Harish Badami told the court that Mukerjea had been examined by 12 doctors, including neurologists, gynecologists and skin specialists.
He also said the jail authorities and J J Hospital had prepared reports on her health, and concluded that all of Mukerjea’s vital parameters are normal.
Inside jail, the CBI said, Mukerjea had been provided round-the-clock security by two women guards. CCTV cameras have also been installed in her jail cell, “keeping in mind her security and the sensitivity of the case,” Badami said.
Her diet in jail, Badami told the court, comprises dry fruits, boiled vegetables, milk, bread, eggs and other fruits including bananas. “She has been provided a high-protein diet. She purchases dry fruits from the jail store. Her weight is stable and being monitored regularly. Currently, her health condition is good and she will be sent to J J Hospital as and when required,” Badami said.
Mukerjea has also been prescribed high-calorie food, devoid of spices, due to her drastic weight loss in jail. “The accused has been moving and walking in jail. Walking is the reason for loss of calories and weight loss. That is her own creation,” Badami argued.
He added that the jail authorities are taking maximum care of Mukerjea, who has also been advised yoga and meditation for her complaints of hypertension. “This woman had murdered her daughter and burnt her body, and the very next day, she went to Kolkata to enjoy the birthday party of her ex-husband. Hypertension honarach. Jhalach pahijey. (Hypertension will happen, it should happen,” he argued.
Mukerjea’s health troubles, the CBI argued, had taken place because she was used to ‘living lavishly.’ “Best of care is given in jail from a famous hospital. But unfortunately, some people want VIP treatment. She is someone who is used to a lavish life and suddenly comes to an adverse life. Maybe on account of a psychological reason, she has a health problem,” he argued.
The court will decide her bail application on March 23.