In yet another twist in the Kamasutra model Viveka Babajee 'suicide' case, the Mumbai police has decided to reopen the case which was shut three weeks after her death on June 25, reports MidDay..
The newspaper had last week filed a story on the human DNA found under Viveka's nails. The police have now summoned her ex-boyfriends Gautam Vora and Kartik Jobanputra to collect their DNA samples.
Model Viveka Babajee's death case will be reopened. The alleged suicide case had been shut due to lack of evidence.
The story was based on the model's forensic report which states that she possibly had a scuffle with someone prior to death. This finding was based on the human DNA found under Viveka's nails.
The 37-year-old model was found hanging in her Bandra apartment on June 25 this year.
The police have now summoned the two suspects in the case stock analyst Gautam Vora and event manager Kartik Jobanputra, ex-boyfriends of Viveka to collect their DNA samples.
These samples will be compared with the human DNA found under Viveka's nails. The police reopened the case yesterday and also summoned Vora and Jobanputra.
"Vora and Jobanputra were called to the Nagpada police hospital for collection of their DNA samples," said hospital insiders.
The police are also trying to establish the link, if any, between injury marks found on Viveka's right hand, neck and the forensic report evidence which indicates a scuffle could have taken place between Viveka and the person whose DNA was found.
"We want to see if there is a match between the DNA detected under Viveka's nails, and that of Vora and Jobanputra," said Senior Police Inspector Mangesh Pote of Khar police station.
"The forensic findings have created a new lead in the case and we are investigating this."
Senior officials said that if DNA samples match those of either Vora or Jobanputra, it could make for a strong case of abetment to suicide.
"The case is still pending; an inquiry is on," said Deputy Commissioner of Police KMM Prasanna, in charge of the zone in which Khar police station falls.
"To get the truth out, the police are expected to compare the available DNA report with the suspects' DNA. This may open up a fresh avenue for further investigation into their involvement," said lawyer Majeed Memon.
"The police may even have to decide on charges to be levelled if circumstantial evidence and forensic reports are corroborated as abetment charges might even transform into charges of culpable homicide or murder."
Gautam Vora (32), a stock analyst residing at Napean Sea Road, is the director of stockbroking firm ULJK Group.
Kartik Jobanputra (35), is the director of Apex Entertainment, an agency that organises lifestyle events and fashion shows.