According to a senior medical officer at the state run J J Hospital, Indrani Mukerjea’s allegations of being beaten up by officials of the Byculla prison appear to be true.
Indrani Mukerjea was booked for rioting in the women’s wing at Byculla prison along with other inmates of the prison. Two days ago, Mukerjea had alleged that the jail officials beat her up and threatened her with sexual assault. All this happened after the death of a convict led to a protest inside the prison.
A 45-year old woman convict named Manju Govind Shette died in the prison on June 23. The inmates launched a heavy protest in the Byculla jail premise. Following this, Nagada police booked around 200 inmates for unlawful assembly, rioting, assault on a public servant and other relevant charges as per the Indian Penal Code.
A former media executive, Indrani Mukerjea is one of the conviced in the Sheena Bora murder case. In August 2015, Indrani Mukerjea, her driver Shyamvar Pinturam Rai and her husband Sanjeev Khanna were arrested by Mumbai police for allegedly abducting and killing Sheena Bora and also burning her corpse later. Sheena Bora was Indrani’s daughter and Sanjeev Khanna’s step-daughter.
Mukerjea’s lawyer filed an application at the CBI court in Mumbai alleging that she was abused verbally by the superintendent and jail authorities and was also threatened with sexual abuse for protesting against the death of an inmate.
On Wednesday, J C Jagdale, special CBI judge said that Indrani be taken for a medical check-up first and then to a police station for filing her complaint.
As per a report by the Times of India, the medical check-up revealed that Indrani had received “some blunt injuries and other (injuries) as well”. As per the check-up, her claims of being assaulted appeared to be true. The report will be submitted in court.