Fearing arrest after he was called by police for questioning in connection with the suicide of supermodel Viveka Babajee, her boyfriend Gautam Vora on Monday filed anticipatory bail plea before a court which directed him to appear before the police to record his statement.
Hearing the bail plea of Gautam, a stock analyst, Principal Judge M L Tahaliyani asked him to report to Khar police station at 6 pm today and 9 am tomorrow for recording of his statement with regard to Viveka's suicide.
Gautam, looking a little tense, was sitting on a bench at the court along with his two friends but went forward to hear the proceedings when the case was called up.
Outside the court, he told reporters that he had no role in Viveka's suicide.
Public Prosecutor R V Kini informed the court that at present the police had no intention to arrest Gautam on abetment charge and they only wanted to record his statement.
Police would decide whether or not a case of abetment could be made against Gautam after all the evidence is gathered and statements recorded, the prosecutor said.
The judge deferred the hearing on the anticipatory bail plea of Gautam for Tuesday.
Babajee killed herself by hanging from the ceiling at her Continental Towers flat in suburban Bandra on June 25.
Her mortal remains were consigned to flames at Juhu crematorium on Monday in the presence of friends from the fashion industry, her mother and sisters.
In his anticipatory bail petition, Gautam pleaded innocence and said he was a good friend of Viveka whom he first met in April this year. The two, he said, were in touch through close friends and social networking website.
Gautam said Viveka was always under heavy medication for depression and had told him that she needed him to be her good friend as she was going through a rough period in life.
He said he had gone to her house to meet her a day before she committed suicide (on June 24) and found her smoking a lot. She looked depressed and talked about her broken relationship and financial problems, Gautam said, adding he was trying to help her come out of depression.
Meanwhile, Additional Commissioner of Police Amitabh Gupta said police is yet to register a case of abetment to suicide against Gautam due to lack of evidence.
Although Viveka had mentioned in her diary "You killed me, Gautam", that was not sufficient to book him on abetment charge, Gupta told reporters.
"We have not yet decided to charge Gautam with abetment because we do not have circumstantial or substantial evidence against him. But if her family members come forward to tell us that Viveka killed herself because of Gautam, then we may register a case," Gupta said.
Police is awaiting the report of a mobile service provider with regard to calls made and received by Viveka, he said adding police had questioned the model's three sisters but their statements are yet to be recorded.
Gautam said in his anticipatory bail plea that Viveka was insisting that he celebrate his birthday with her and throw a party but he was not interested.
According to police, Viveka had ordered flower bouquets from a florist for four days continuously from June 22. The flowers were delivered at her residence on the first three days but on June 25 when the florist called her up to deliver the bouquet. She did not respond.
Police believe flowers may have been for Gautam whose birthday was last week.