Senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Tuesday morning said that it is difficult for someone to drown and die in a bathtub and termed Bollywood actress Sridevi’s death in Dubai a “murder”. Speaking to news agency ANI, Swamy questioned the absence of CCTV footage related to the incident. “I think this is a murder. She never touched hard drinks. It’s also difficult to drown and die in a bathtub,” the Bharatiya Janata Party leader said.
Swamy said that facts shown in media do not appear to be consistent and claimed that Sridevi never drank hard liquor and wondered how it could enter her system. “Let’s wait for prosecution to pronounce it. Facts in media don’t appear to be consistent. She never drank hard liquor, how did it enter her system? What happened to CCTV? Doctors suddenly appeared before and said she died of heart failure,” Swamy said.
This statement comes a day after Sridevi’s forensic report revealed that the 54-year-old actress had died due to accidental drowning in her hotel bathtub after losing consciousness, and not of cardiac arrest, which was believed to be the cause of death initially.
Similar claims were made by Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh yesterday. Singh, who is said to be close to the family, said on Monday that Sridevi never consumed hard liquor and that she only used to consume wine occasionally like many others in public life. “I have talked to Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Al Nahyan, he assured me that all formalities and reports are complete,” he had said.
Following the revelations of the forensic report, the case was handed over to the “Dubai Public Prosecution” which will carry out regular legal procedures followed in such cases. “Following the completion of post-mortem analysis, Dubai police headquarters today stated that the death of the Indian actress Sridevi occurred due to drowning in her hotel apartment’s bath tub following loss of consciousness,” Dubai government had said in a tweet.
Sridevi, who went to Dubai to attend her nephew Mohit Marwah’s wedding, was found dead in a bathtub on Sunday morning. She is survived by her film-maker husband Boney Kapoor and two daughters.