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.
#DubaiPolice has transferred the case to #Dubai Public Prosecution, which will carry out regular legal procedures followed in such cases.
2/2 — Dubai Police???? ??? (@DubaiPoliceHQ) February 26, 2018
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.
Following the completion of post-mortem analysis, @DubaiPoliceHQ today stated that the death of Indian actress Sridevi occurred due to drowning in her hotel apartment’s bathtub following loss of consciousness.
— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) February 26, 2018
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.
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.”
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.
1/2 — IndAmbUAE (@navdeepsuri) February 26, 2018Top 10 developments since the death of the legendary actor: 1. Police record Boney Kapoor's statement:
Police recorded the statement of Sridevi's husband and noted film producer Boney kapoor, the Gulf News reported on late Monday night. According to media reports, Kapoor was summoned by the Dubai police to Bur Dubai police station for investigation.
However, a Khaleej Times report denies that Kapoor was summoned by the Dubai police. The report says the police had a conversation with Kapoor when Sridevi's body was discovered at the hotel room on the night of death. Citing sources in the Dubai police, the report further says that Kapoor was not called by the police for any further interrogation. 2. Sridevi's body remains in Dubai:
Sridevi's body was expected to reach India on Monday but it did't, pending paperwork. " Our experience in similar cases tells us that it does take 2-3 days to complete processes," India's Ambassador to UAE, Navdeep Suri said. He further said that the Indian embassy was trying hard to send her mortal remains to India at the earliest. Dubai police sources, told the Times of India that clearance for the body to be taken to India would be given only after questioning has been completed on Tuesday. 3. Autopsy report:
The forensic report by UAE's health ministry on Monday revealed that the cause of the actress' death was 'accidental drowning'. According to UAE's Gulf News, Sridevi was under the influence of alcohol in her hotel room when she lost her balance, fell into the bathtub and drowned. She was immediately rushed to Rashid Hospital in Dubai.4. Celebs at Anil Kapoor's house:
Bollywoood celebrities, including Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, were spotted outside Anil Kapoors residence. South Indian superstars Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth were also among the visitors at Anil Kapoor's residence.5. Social media condemns sensational reporting:
People expressed disappointment on 'sensational' reporting on the death of superstar Sridevi. Sridevi's fans took to twitter to criticise the way developments related to her death were presented by the media. Following reveleation of forensic reports, several media outlets took to pondering over the report. Some even went to the extent of character-shaming the actor for allegedly indulging in alcohol. 6. Fans wait outside Sridevi's residence:
The superstar's fans have been waiting outside her residence since Sunday to catch the last glimpse of her. As seen in the images posted by ANI on Monday, people in large numbers were standing outside the actress' Mumbai residence. 7. Mortal remains to arrive in Anil Ambani's aircraft:
Anil Ambani's 13-seater private jet is in Dubai since Sunday to bring back the Bollywood actor's body. "It is expected to return with the body and the immediate bereaved family members late tonight," a source earlier told IANS. 8. India's first female superstar:
Sridevi started her career as a child actor when she was just 4-year-old. She made her debut with M A Thirumugham's Tamil flick Thunaivan and continued acting in Tamil, Malayalam and Kannada films before making her Bollywood debut. Although she worked as a child artiste in the 1975 hit Julie, her first Bollywood film as an adult was Solva Sawan. The film fared poorly at the box office and she was written off for the next three years. She was relaunched in Himmatwala in 1981. And, thereafter she ruled the commercial cinema space in the 1980s and '90s like no other female actress had done before. Sridevi slowed down her career, after her marriage to Bollywood producer Boney Kapoor but returned with a bang in 2012 with English Vinglish. 9. No history of heart ailment:
Actor's brother-in-law Sanjay Kapoor said she had no history of heart attacks and expressed shock over her sudden demise. "We are completely shocked. She had no history of a heart attack," Sanjay told Khaleej Times in an interview. 10. Amitabh saw it coming?
A little time before the news of Sridevi's death broke out, Amitabh Bachchan posted a tweet saying he was feeling uneasy. His tweet left the Twitterati wondering if Bachchan had the premonition about her death.