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Uncertainty continues over repatriation of Sridevi's body
February 27, 2018, 10:59 am

Bollywood actress Sridevi died on Saturday night after drowning in the bathtub of her hotel room, Dubai Police said. She was 54. 

February 27, Tuesday:


Uncertainty is continuing in the repatriation of Indian actress Sridevi as legal formalities are yet to be finished. Authorities are yet to issue a clearance letter to release her body for embalming and subsequent repatriation, sources said on Tuesday morning.

Consul General of India in Dubai, Vipul, confirmed to Gulf News shortly after 10.15am that the mission had not received any update on the same.

"We are still waiting for information from the Bur Dubai police station about the clearance. They will inform us when they receive it from the public prosecution."

He said the consulate representatives were on standby to collect the document and submit it to the mortuary at Dubai Police Headquarters.

Once the no objection certificate for releasing the body from mortuary is received, Sridevi's mortal remains would be taken to the embalming unit in the Medical Fitness Centre in Muhaisanah.


Police take Boney Kapoor’s statement

Sources told Gulf News that Dubai Police called in Sridevi’s husband Boney Kapoor to Bur Dubai police station for investigation. Police took his statement after which he was allowed to go back to his hotel room. 


Indian diplomatic officials told Gulf News 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.

Repatriation ‘open ended

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. However a diplomatic source said that 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.


What is the procedure in such cases? 

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.”

In case of any suspicious foul play, prosecutors would carry out further detailed investigations and decide on any future law enforcement procedures accordingly, said the chief prosecutor.
Bassam Za’Za, Legal and Court Correspondent


Sridevi's death: Dubai Police has transferred the case to Dubai Public Prosecution, which will carry out regular legal procedures followed in such cases, according to the Dubai Media Office.

Following the release of the forensic report on Bollywood icon Sridevi's death in Dubai, the case has been moved to public prosecution.


Dubai Police said initial investigation shows that Bollywood actress Sridevi drowned following loss of consciousness in the bathtub of her hotel room.

They found traces of alcohol in her body and this may have led to the accident. “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 find out who was with her when the incident happened.
Ali Al Shouk, Staff Reporter

Traces of alcohol found in Sridevi’s body, died of accidental drowning, according to the forensic report.




Forensic report released

Sources have said that Dubai Police have released the forensic report on Sridevi's death to her family and the Indian Consulate representative.

The envelope has not been opened. It has been sent to the Bur Dubai police station. Both the representatives have gone to the police station with it.

Once opened by Dubai Police, and the information revealed to the family, then the next step for the process of repatriation will be decided. 


Delay likely

Dubai Police have confirmed that there will be further delays in repatriating the body of Indian actress Sridevi, who died in Dubai on Saturday.

Around 10:15 am, the officials at the Forensic Medicine Department announced that the final post-mortem reports of their investigation were not ready.

The facade of the General Department of Forensic Science and Criminology building of the Dubai Police, where experts conducted a post-mortem examination on Sridevi's body. Sankha Kar/Gulf News

They also briefed the representatives of the Indian Consulate that they were not in a position to give an update on by what time the reports can be released.

This means that the repatriation of Sridevi’s mortal remains to India is likely to be further delayed.

Senior Indian officials said they do not wish to speculate on the timeframe and would rather wait for the Dubai Police to issue the results to carry out the rest of the procedures for the repatriation.

Source: Gulf News

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