New Delhi, Feb 27: With the Dubai Public Prosecution taking over the probe into the shocking and mysterious death of Bollywood actress Sridevi, the arrival of her mortal remains in Mumbai from Dubai is likely to be delayed further. Sridevi’s body was to be brought back to Mumbai for last rites on Monday, however, it was delayed due to the post-mortem process continued for hours.
In new turn of events, reports say that the Dubai Public Prosecution is planning further investigation into the death of Sridevi, who was considered to be India’s first female superstar. Sridevi was found dead in the bathroom of her in Dubai’s Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel late on Saturday.
According to Khaleej Times, Dubai Public Prosecution is proceeding cautiously in the matter and want to probe it from every possible angle before releasing Sridevi’s body to be taken to India. Some media reports also said that a second post-mortem may also be performed if need be.
Earlier, forensic investigation conducted into Sridevi’s death concluded that the actress, who was in Dubai to attend a family wedding, drowned in the bathtub of the hotel washroom and died. The forensic report said that Sridevi, 54, died due to “accidental drowning”. Some local news outlets in Dubai also reported that traces of alcohol was found in her blood. However, there has been no official confirmation regarding her blood report. (Also read: Sridevi Was Eager For Her Own Films And Janhvi’s Debut, Says Sanjay Kapoor)
“In such accidental death incidents, the results of the post-mortem and forensic examination reports are referred to the Public Prosecution as part of ordinary law enforcement procedures. The papers are revised by the prosecutors of the jurisdiction where the incident happened. An official order to hand over the body of the deceased to the family or relatives is issued shortly after that,” Gulf News quoted a public prosecutor, as saying.
Sridevi’s Call Records Examined, Family Questioned
The staff of the hotel, where Sridevi was staying since last four days, and a few of her family were questioned by investigators in Dubai on Monday. Unconfirmed reports said that Sridevi’s husband Boney Kapoor was also asked about the sequence of events on Saturday night.
Boney, whose statement has been recorded by the Dubai Police, flew to Dubai from Mumbai and went to her room at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel at around 5.30 PM on Saturday to “surprise” her with the dinner, a source close to the family told the Khaleej Times.