Viveka, ex-boyfriend fought often: Vora
Dressed in a white shirt and striped black trousers, 32-year-old Gautam Vora walked into Khar police station at 9.45 am on Tuesday for the second round of questioning in the Viveka Babajee suicide case.mumbai Updated: Jun 30, 2010 01:17 IST
Dressed in a white shirt and striped black trousers, 32-year-old Gautam Vora walked into Khar police station at 9.45 am on Tuesday for the second round of questioning in the Viveka Babajee suicide case.
The police had first questioned the stock analyst on Monday night for an hour.
Thirty-seven-year-old Viveka committed suicide at her Khar residence on Friday.
Before he entered the police station, Vora promised journalists waiting outside that he would explain his side to them.
Vora’s lawyer, Rajendra Sorankar, followed and joined Vora in Senior Inspector Mangesh Pote’s chamber.
Vora emerged from the police station at 1.30 pm, guarded by at least 10 policemen but he refused to speak to journalists.
“He will not say anything regarding this case,” Sorankar said, as he and Vora tried to get to the latter’s car.
Hindustan Times accessed Vora’s statement to the police. During the three hours of questioning, Vora spoke about his brief “friendship” with the former supermodel and said there was no commitment involved. He said he was trying to help Viveka come out of her depression and addiction to alcohol and sleeping pills.
Excerpts from Vora's statement:
“I met Viveka almost two months ago at a party and we became good friends.
We were just friends and weren’t into any relationship. There was no commitment. No one in my family knew of my friendship with her because she was just a friend, like many others, and nothing more. I am completely unaware of her “love” for me as has been reported in the media. I have never sent her any SMS as reported in the media since I mostly spoke to her over the phone.
I got to know about her terrible break-up with her former boyfriend, Karthik Jobanputra, and losses incurred in business, because of which she had gone into depression. When I met her, they had just split after a year-long relationship. She felt deceived as Karthik began seeing Himangi Pate [a model]. She was smoking, drinking and taking sleeping pills to overcome the depression. We never fought with each other (as claimed by some reports). Rather Karthik and she had fights on some occasions in her flat and people might have mistaken him for me.
I was helping her come out of depression and quit her addiction to sleeping pills. Even on June 24, I went to her flat when she called me and was there till 9 o’ clock in the night.
I came to know about her death from media reports. And when channels began flashing my name and reporters started calling on my cell, I switched it off. I was scared that the police might arrest me due to media pressure and hence approached my lawyer for anticipatory bail….”