A sessions court on Tuesday granted model Viveka Babajee’s friend Gautam Vora protection and restrained police from arresting him without giving him 72 hours’ notice.
The court also directed Vora to cooperate with the police investigation into Viveka’s death.
Public prosecutor RV Kini told the court that police had no intention of arresting Vora as they were still ‘forming an opinion’ whether Babajee’s death was a suicide or homicide and whether any abetment was involved.
Principal judge ML Tahilyani retorted that the probe was flawed as the police first needed to form an opinion and then collect evidence.
Kini also told the court that Vora had given “vague” replies and needed to be questioned further.
Vora arrived for questioning at Khar police station at 9.45 am on Tuesday. The police had questioned him on Monday night for one-and-a-half-hours.
Vora told the police, “I met Viveka almost two months ago in a party and we became good friends thereafter. We were just friends and weren’t into any kind of relationship.”
He said he was trying to help Viveka overcome depression and addiction. “She was smoking, drinking and taking 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,” he said.
“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 the police might arrest me due to media pressure and approached my lawyer for anticipatory bail.” Vora’s lawyer assured the court that he would not leave the city for a week and fully cooperate with the probe.
Vora approached the court on Monday and filed an application seeking anticipatory bail as, according to him, there were media reports linking him to the suicide of the model. Judge Tahilyani disposed of the bail application saying the police had not yet registered a case of abetment of suicide against Vora.