Former Times of India Political Editor and Activist advocate S Balakrishnan has urged Maharashtra CM Devendra Phadnavis, who also handles the home dept, not to permit the funeral of actress Sridevi unless a second post-mortem is performed.
He said Sridevi was a popular actress and a public figure. It is necessary that the real cause of her death is revealed.
Initial reports emerging from Dubai said categorically that she had died of a massive cardiac arrest. And now it is stated that she died of “accidental drowning” !! This is absurd because no forensic doctor will state the cause as “accidental drowning” because it is the job of the police to find out if it was an accident or murder. A professional will only state the cause as drowning.
He further elucidated that it is impossible for a full grown adult to drown in a bathtub. If she had died of cardiac arrest while having a bath there is no way water would have entered her lungs. Only “traces” of alcohol were found in her blood. Which suggests she was not drunk. There are also variations in the timings when her body was found.
He further added that the state government should have sent a doctor to Dubai to witness the autopsy. Since that was not done, a second post-mortem should be performed in Mumbai.
Even though the death took place in Dubai nothing prevents the Mumbai police from suo-moto conducting a parallel investigation since Sridevi was domiciled in the city and was a celebrity with a huge fan following.