Dubai police today recorded the statement of Boney Kapoor, husband of Bollywood actor Sridevi who died of accidental drowning in her hotel bathtub after losing consciousness, according to a media report. Kapoor reportedly discovered Sridevi unconscious in the bathtub filled with water. She was taken to a hospital where she was declared dead on arrival.
Dubai Police called in Kapoor today to Bur Dubai police station for investigation. Police took his statement after which he was allowed to go back to his hotel room, sources were quoted as saying by the Gulf News. The family of Mohit Marwah was also questioned. Besides, the hotel’s staff was asked questions about the incident.
It is also learned that Kapoor has been asked not to leave Dubai until DPP permits him. Meanwhile, the police are examining Sridevi’s phone call records. Sridevi’s medical records from India have also been sought. The prosecutor’s office wants to know what medical treatment she had taken before and what surgeries she underwent and if that had any bearing on her sudden death.
The Dubai government said in a tweet the police had transferred the case to the “Dubai Public Prosecution” which will carry out regular legal procedures followed in such cases. Investigators in Dubai examining the circumstances of actor Sridevi’s death questioned hotel staff and those accompanying her including her husband on Monday. They were to recreate the sequence of events leading to the discovery of her body in room number 2201 at Jumeirah Emirates Towers. A source said that clearance for the body to be taken to India would only be given after questioning is completed today. Pending the investigation, Sridevi’s body will remain at Al Qusais morgue while the hotel room has been sealed by the police.
“Dubai police headquarters today stated that the death of the Indian actress Sridevi occurred due to drowning in her hotel apartment’s bathtub following loss of consciousness,” the Dubai government’s media office said on Twitter. There could be a further delay in Sridevi’s body being brought back to India, with the Dubai police informing the Indian Embassy that another “clearance” was awaited before the body could be released. ALSO READ: Rajinikanth, Shah Rukh Khan Visit Anil Kapoor’s Residence To Pay Their Respects On Sridevi’s Demise
Sridevi was in Dubai for a family wedding and had stayed back after the ceremonies. Her husband had flown back to Mumbai with their younger daughter Khushi, but returned to Dubai to surprise her. The news of her death, first reported at around 3 a.m. IST on Sunday, sent shock waves across the country with those who knew her at a loss to explain how the star, who was present at several wedding functions in Dubai last week, could suddenly breathe her last. Her family has not commented beyond their initial statement yesterday to announce the death, and has requested the media not to contact them as they grapple with the tragedy. Kapoor’s office said in Mumbai that the body of the actress would be flown to Mumbai on Tuesday.
On Monday, a 13-seat Jet belonging to the Reliance group headed by Anil Ambani was kept ready at Dubai airport to transport Sridevi’s body to India. The flight was also scheduled to take off at 4.30pm. However, it did not as the prosecutor’s office granting final permission to transport the body out of the country was pending. Mindful of media speculation, the Indian ambassador to UAE tweeted later in the evening that in such cases “it does take 2-3 days to complete processes.” He said the embassy was in regular contact with the actor’s family. to ensure that “mortal remains can be sent to India at the earliest.” Watch this space for further updates.