In a reprieve for model Viveka Babajee's 'boyfriend' Gautam Vora, a local court in Mumbai on Tuesday restrained the police from arresting him on the charge of abetment to suicide without giving him a 72-hour prior notice.
Principal judge of the sessions court M L Tahaliyani also directed Vora, a stock analyst, to cooperate with the police in the investigation into June 25 suicide of Babajee and present himself at Khar police station to record his statement whenever required.
The court issued the directions on Vora's anticipatory bail application which it disposed of saying it was not maintainable as the police had not yet registered a case of abetment to suicide against him.
Vora, on his part, assured the court of cooperation and said he would not leave the city for a week to help in the investigation.
Counsel for the police R V Kini told the court that the police had no intention of arresting Vora as of now as it was still to form an opinion on whether the model's death was homicide or suicide and if it was suicide whether any abetment was involved.
Pulling up the police for the way it is probing the case, Tahaliyani said the investigation is not going in the right direction. First, the police needs to form an opinion and then start collecting evidence, he said.