Stock analyst Gautam Vora got a breather on Tuesday when the sessions court granted him protection and restrained the police from arresting him without giving him a notice of 72 hours.
Vora (32) has been under suspicion for abetting 37-year-old former supermodel Viveka Babajee’s suicide after his name was mentioned in Viveka’s diary in an entry that read: “You killed me, Gautam Vora.”
Viveka was found hanging from a ceiling fan at her Khar residence on Friday.
Vora had filed for anticipatory bail in the sessions court on Monday saying media reports had linked him to Viveka’s suicide.
Principal Judge M.L. Tahilyani disposed of the application saying it was not maintainable because the police have not yet registered a case of abetment to suicide against Vora.
The court directed Vora, who was present in court, to cooperate with the Khar police and be available for investigation whenever the police need him.
Public Prosecutor R.V. Kini told the court that the police had no intention of arresting Vora because they are still ‘forming an opinion’ on whether Viveka's death was suicide or homicide and whether abetment was involved.
Judge M.L. Tahilyani responded to this saying the investigation was not going in the right direction and added that the police first need to form an opinion and then collect evidence.
Kini told the court that Vora had given “vague” replies to the police when they were recording his statement on Monday and Tuesday and that they will need to question him again.
Vora’s lawyer, Shirish Gupte, assured the court that Vora will extend full cooperation and would not leave the city for a week to help the police investigate the case.
Vora has maintained that he and Viveka were just friends. His bail application also said that Viveka was depressed and was on heavy medication and anti-depressants.
He had said that she had attempted suicide twice earlier.