The untimely and controversial death of Bollywood icon Sridevi on February 24, 2018, sent shockwaves across the nation. The legendary actress was found lifeless in a hotel room bathtub in Dubai, where she was attending a family wedding. Initial reports suggested accidental drowning as the cause, but conflicting narratives and speculations ensued.
The mystery surrounding her demise deepened, involving forensic investigations and legal complexities. While the official cause of death was declared as “accidental drowning,” controversies, conspiracy theories, and conflicting statements persist, making Sridevi’s passing one of Bollywood’s most debated and mysterious incidents, leaving an indelible mark on Indian cinema.
CBI Filed Chargesheet Against A YouTuber For Sensationalizing Sridevi’s Death With Forged Documents
But why are we discussing her death now? Well, recently, a Bhubaneshwar-based YouTuber, Deepti R Pinniti, alleged a ‘cover-up’ by the Indian and UAE governments regarding Sridevi’s demise. The self-styled investigator Deepti made these claims in videos posted on her YouTube channel, leveling allegations based on forged documents, as later revealed by the CBI.
The YouTuber, Deepti R Pinniti, is now facing a legal issue as a Mumbai-based lawyer, Chandni Shah, filed a complaint against her and her lawyer, Bharath Suresh Kamath. The complaint highlighted that Deepti deceptively presented records from the UAE and Indian governments in her videos and live sessions, which seemed to be forged. Consequently, CBI conducted a raid at Deepti’s residence in December 2023, seizing her phones and laptops based on the complaint filed by Chandni Shah.
Chandni Shah’s complaint read: “The suspect Deepti Rani Pinniti has time and again maligned the image of the present government by bizarrely accusing the government as the sponsor of the death of Sridevi…”
In a YouTube video, Deepti claimed that her team went to Dubai to source the “original documents” from the hospital and mentioned placing these documents in the court. She stated, “Many people ask me why I share these documents on social media and don’t go to court. I have already approached a court.”
However, according to CBI, the letters from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, and many other documents were entirely forged. Responding to the chargesheet, Deepti told PTI, “When the letters in question are incriminating against the very authorities under whom the CBI comes, CBI becomes a party of conflict to be the entity to collect evidence.”