In a shocking new twist to Sridevi's death theory, new reports suggest that the actress died due to accidental drowning in the bathtub and not cardiac arrest. The actress died at 11 pm on Saturday, according to Khaleej Times. The reports also state that there were traces of alcohol found in her body, a Gulf News report said. Death certificate has been issued but the chances of her body being released today are slim. Furthermore, it is being said that Sridevi's husband Boney Kapoor might be questioned.
There could be a further delay in the return of Sridevi's mortal remains with the Dubai police informing the Indian Embassy that another "clearance" was awaited before it could release the body of the actor, who according to the government there, died of accidental drowning in her hotel bathtub after losing consciousness.
The Dubai Public Prosecutor called up her husband Boney Kapoor and the hotel staff in an effort to ascertain the exact circumstances that lead to the drowning of the veteran actor. The investigators were also reported to be looking into her phone call records.
Uncertainty over when the body would arrive in Mumbai and the many questions surrounding her sudden death only intensified as the day progressed.
Maintaining that the Embassy and Consulate are working closely with the authorities here to expedite the return of Sridevi's body, Indian envoy to the UAE Navdeep Suri told PTI that they have been told that the Dubai police can release it only after receiving another "clearance".
The Dubai Police officials have told Khaleej Times that the Indian actor's death was caused due to drowning in her room apartment 2201 Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel after losing consciousness. The case has been referred to the Dubai public prosecution for further investigation.
Dubai Police releases body for embalming, but probe into death will continue. The actor's body will soon be moved to the Al Muhaisana embalming unit and will be repatriated to Mumbai at the earliest.
Sridevi's body is not being embalmed today. Embalming likely to take place at Sonapur by noon on Tuesday.
— Khaleej Times (@khaleejtimes) February 26, 2018
Leaving everyone shocked, Sridevi passed away on Saturday. Earlier, it was being said that the lady passed away due to cardiac arrest. Now, everyone is waiting to catch the last glimpse of the veteran actress.
"It has been sent to the Bur Dubai police station. Both the representatives have gone to the police station with it. Once it is opened by Dubai Police and the information revealed to them, then the next step for the process of repatriation will be decided," according to the latest news report.
Furthermore, the Dubai Police has ruled out foul play. It is expected to take three more hours to complete all formalities on its end, which includes giving an NOC and a local police visa for the repatriation of the body. The death certificate, however, is expected shortly.
The body of the actress will to be flown home on Monday. A report also said that the officials expressed hopes that the repatriation can be completed by Monday.
UAE officials have revealed that Sridevi's autopsy has been completed and the family is now awaiting laboratory reports conducted by the General Department of Forensic Evidence, Dubai, Khaleej Times reported.
Gulf News said that Sridevi’s body could not be repatriated on Sunday as the final investigation reports from Dubai Police were not ready by late evening, officials dealing with the legal formalities.
Sridevi was born in the year 1963 to Ayyapan Yanger and Rajeswari Yanger, and was named Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan. Her father was a lawyer. She, a Padma Shri awardee in 2013, began her career at the tender age of four in Thirumugham’s devotional film, Thunaivan (1969). She was a child artiste in the film, Julie (1975). With Solva Saavan, Sridevi made her foray into Bollywood as the lead actor in 1979.
Here's the video of Jumeirah Beach hotel where Sridevi was satying.