Following Republic TV's newsbreak that Dubai authorities would not release Bollywood icon Sridevi's mortal remains to be brought back to India till a post-mortem is carried out, officials of the Forensics Department in Dubai have confirmed that the autopsy is not yet complete. Accordingly, the local police could take more time to complete the requisite procedures.
As per Republic TV's sources, the autopsy is being conducted by Dr Khaled Alburaiki.
Speaking on the matter, an official said:
"Since she is such a high-profile personality, we cannot rush the inquisition or the post-mortem procedures."
Procedures are being carried out at the General Department of Forensic Science and Criminology. Once those are complete, the body will be moved to Muhaisana for embalming and other administrative procedures.
Earlier, sources at the Indian High Commission in the UAE had said that once the Dubai authorities had completed their procedures, they were on standby to complete whatever other formalities were required within half an hour.
Meanwhile, Sridevi's relatives are awaiting the return of her mortal remains to Mumbai, which is expected to happen via Anil Ambani's private jet. However, given that the earlier projected time of arrival was close to midnight on Sunday, the wait could be extended.
Sridevi made her Bollywood debut in 1978 with ‘Solva Sawan’, but it was only five years later with Jeetendra-starrer ‘Himmatwala’ that she gained commercial success. After starring in many hit films she took a break from acting for 15 years after starring in 1997's ‘Judaai’. She marked her return to the industry in 2012 with director Gauri Shinde's ‘English Vinglish’. In 2017, Sridevi starred a revenge drama 'Mom' which also featured Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Akshaye Khanna. She also shot for a special appearance in Shah Rukh Khan's upcoming film ‘Zero’ which is scheduled to releases this December.