The mortal remains of Bollywood actor Sridevi is scheduled to reach India on Tuesda following a series of protocols that needed to be followed by the Dubai authorities.
Today is the third day after Sridevi’s death and her body is still in the mortuary in Dubai. Dubai Police has moved the case to Dubai Public Prosecutor and it needs clearance before being taken to the embalming unit in Muhaisna.
As authorities in Dubai continue a probe into the shock death of India’s first female superstar. Sridevi died of “accidental drowning” in her Dubai hotel bathtub on Saturday, local police have said.
She reportedly had a fainting spell in her bathroom and was immediately rushed to Rashid Hospital in Dubai. The hotel, however, refused to comment on the matter and an employee stated that it is under police investigation. Sources in the Indian Consulate said that she was brought dead to the hospital.
The body was to be repatriated on Monday but there was a delay in submission of post mortem and toxicology reports. The embalming process is expected to be carried out Tuesday after which the family would be allowed to bring the actor home, reports have said.
Boney Kapoor has given his testimony to Dubai police authorities
As per standard police investigation procedures, director and husband of the late Sridevi, Boney Kapoor, only provided his testimony on Sunday morning. The conversation between police and the director took place when her body was discovered at Jumeirah Emirates Tower Hotel on the night of her death.
However, he was not called by the police on Monday for further interrogation. All media reports regarding further questioning are baseless, according to sources in the Dubai Police. Khaleej Times has confirmed reports on this matter.
Here are the the most recent updates:
11.16am: Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Shah Rukh Khan, Rajinikanth and more visited Anil Kapoor’s residence on Monday evening. Here’s who all were present.
11.06am: According to News 18, Sridevi’s funeral is likely to be further delayed as the Dubai police informed the Indian Embassy that another “clearance” was awaited before the body could be released.
10.54am: A video featuring Anil Kapoor and Sridevi dancing at a wedding has gone viral. The two can be seen swinging to Chittiyabn Kallaiyan while holding each other’s hands. Watch it here.
10.29am: Khaleej Times reports Sridevi’s body is still in the mortuary and needs clearance before it can be sent for embalming.
10.05am: Indian envoy to UAE, Navdeep Suri said they were waiting for the “clearance” from Dubai authorities for the body to be flown back to Mumbai, according to an NDTV report.
9.57am: With over 200 films to her credit across the four southern languages, Sridevi displayed her acting prowess quite early on in her career.
9.40am: Dubai public prosecution has begun a probe into Sridevi’s death, according to a report in Khaleej Times.Her body is at the General Department of Forensic Evidence, Dubai, where it has been since Sunday. The Dubai Media Office Twitter account posted on Monday evening: “Dubai police assert that the case file was forwarded to the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Dubai to take the necessary legal action in accordance with such cases.”
9.00am: Indian ambassador to the UAE asked media to be responsible in reporting about Sridevi’s death. “The media interest in untimely demise of #Sridevi is understandable. But the frenzy of speculation does not help. Imp to note that: 1. We are working with local authorities to ensure that mortal remains can be sent to India at the earliest. We are on the job. 2. We are in regular contact with the family of #Sridevi and other well- wishers. We share their pain. 3. Our experience in similar cases tells us that it does take 2-3 days to complete processes. 4. We leave it to the experts to determine cause of demise. Let’s be responsible,” he wrote in a tweet.