Sridevi death case updates from Dubai

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Feb 27th 04:39PM IST :

Sridevi’s body leaves for the airport.

Feb 27th 03:59PM IST :

Dubai Media Office has shared a series of tweets informing that Dubai Public Prosecution has approved the release of the body of Sridevi to her family following the completion of a comprehensive investigation into the circumstances of her death.

Feb 27th 03:34PM IST :

Sridevi’s body has left the morgue at Dubai Police Headquarters and is on its way to reach the embalming unit in Muhaisna. The body has been handed over by the officials to the family members.

Feb 27th 03:04PM IST :

Indian Consulate officials and family members have arrived at the morgue to collect Sridevi’s body. An ambulance can be seen waiting to take the body.

Feb 27th 02:27PM IST :

Dubai Police has handed over the Indian Consulate and the family members of Boney Kapoor the letters for the release of the mortal remains of the Indian cinema icon Sridevi Boney Kapoor. The body can now proceed for embalming.

Feb 27th 01:45PM IST :

Two members from Sridevi’s family and three representatives from the Indian Consulate in Dubai were spotted at the station.

It was also told that they have been at the station since 8am (GST) this morning. Both family members and consulate officials left the station approximately at 11.30 am (GST). Sources confirmed to Khaleej Times that the permission to release the body was not yet received as Dubai Police is still awaiting permissions from the Dubai Public Prosecution, which is continuing the legal procedures.

Feb 27th 01:15PM IST :

Arjun Kapoor has left for Dubai today morning to be with his father at the hotel while formalities are being completed. He will be around to oversee the return journey, said a PR from Yash Raj Films, according to an ANI tweet.

Feb 27th 11:20AM IST :

Indian Consulate officials and family members of Boney Kapoor and Sridevi are waiting to receive a clearance letter from the Dubai Public Prosecution.

Feb 27th 10:00AM IST :

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.

Feb 27th 2:30AM IST :

Dubai Police called in Sridevi’s husband Boney Kapoor to a local police station for investigation. Police took his statement and sent him back to his hotel room.

Feb 26th 11:00PM IST :

Indian diplomatic officials told they are trying their best to get all approvals so that the body is repatriated later tonight.

However, they were unable to provide a definite time for the repatriation of the body.

Source : Gulf News

In a shocking new twist to her sudden end, it has been revealed that Indian actress Sridevi died due to ‘accidental drowning’ in her hotel here before her surprise dinner date with husband and film producer Boney Kapoor. The revelation has led to delay in repatriation of her body back home in India.

A day after media reported that she had died following cardiac arrest on Saturday night, a Dubai Police forensic report stated that the 54-year-old had passed away due to accidental drowning in the bathtub in her hotel room here.

Dubai Police has transferred the case to Dubai Public Prosecution, which will carry out regular legal procedures followed in such cases.

Another twist came with the mention in the forensic report of traces of alcohol in her blood — with some media reports claiming that it was found to have been at “elevated levels”.

Sharing the image of the forensic report, Gulf News stated that Sridevi, who had traces of alcohol in her blood, lost balance and fell into the bathtub and drowned.

According to khaleejtimes.com, her body will soon be moved to the Al Muhaisana embalming unit and will be repatriated to Mumbai — where India’s top stars and her legions of fans are waiting to have a glimpse of the mortal remains of their “Chandni” star.

According to a post on the official Dubai Media Office Twitter handle, Dubai Police has transferred the case to Dubai Public Prosecution, which will carry out regular legal procedures that are followed in such cases.

“The investigation is still going on to determine the circumstances surrounding the accident as the forensic report only says that she drowned,” an official told Gulf News.

The police are trying to piece together the sequence of events and ascertain what exactly happened.

A chief prosecutor told Gulf News: “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.”

Experts feel this could further delay the return of the body and that could reschedule her last rites.

Earlier reports said that the actress was getting ready for a dinner date with her husband.

Boney flew to Dubai from Mumbai and went to her room at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel at around 5.30 p.m. on Saturday to “surprise” her with the dinner, a source close to the family told the Khaleej Times.

He woke her up and the couple chatted for about 15 minutes before he invited her for dinner.

The “Mom” star then went to the washroom. After 15 minutes had passed and Sridevi did not come out, Boney knocked on the door to check on her. When he got no response, he forced open the door to find the legendary actor lying motionless in the bathtub full of water, the source said.

“He tried to revive her and when he could not, he called a friend of his. After that, he informed the police at 9 p.m.,” he added.

The police and paramedics rushed to the site, but she was pronounced dead.

Her body was taken to the General Department of Forensic Medicine for an autopsy.

Sridevi, Boney, and their younger daughter Khushi Kapoor were in Ras Al Khaimah, another part of UAE, last week to celebrate the wedding of her actor-nephew Mohit Marwah.

Boney had returned to Mumbai after the wedding, but decided to return to Dubai to “surprise” his wife.

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