India’s Ambassador to the UAE Navdeep Singh Suri in an earlier interview with the Indian media had said that they had got clearance from Dubai authorities to repatriate Sridevi’s mortal remains. When Gulf News contacted him a short while ago, he clarified that this quote from him was relevant at that point of time, however with the new development, of the case being referred to the Public Prosecution, the repatriation issue is now open ended. He added that the Indian Embassy is in talks with the Dubai authorities to get clearance and is hopeful it will happen soon.
According to police sources, specific phone call records from 24 to 48 hours before the time of death are being closely looked at by the investigating agencies. As per the sources, repeated phone calls by one specific individual is said to be the main focus of the probe agencies.
According to the report, Boney Kapoor, who had left Dubai for Mumbai, returned on Saturday evening to surprise his wife. The filmmaker reportedly woke Sridevi up around 5.30 pm and the couple chatted for around 15 minutes, the report says. Then Boney Kapoor asked her to dinner. The 54-year-old star went to the washroom to get ready. When she didn’t come out for some time, her husband knocked, then forced open the door to see the actor “lying motionless in a bathtub full of water”, according to a leading UAE based newspaper.
“He tried to revive her and when he could not, he called a friend of his. After that, he informed the police at 9 pm,” the report says, quoting a source.She could not be revived. Her shocked family says she didn’t have any heart condition. The authorities in Dubai carried out an autopsy on Sunday, delaying the return of Sridevi’s body to Mumbai. Industrialist Anil Ambani has offered to fly her body back on his private jet.
The Indian film fraternity has been shaken by the unexpected tragedy. Hundreds have crowded outside Sridevi’s Mumbai home, hoping for a final glimpse of one of India’s biggest stars.