Shikha Joshi suicide: Accused says actress demanded money from him

The doctor, who was blamed by model turned actress Shikha Joshi in her dying statement, has presented himself before the police. Shikha had committed suicide by sliting her throat on May 16.

Cosmetic surgeon Dr Vijay Sharma who was reportedly at large for three days, turned up at Versova police station on May 20 to present his side of the story.

According to him, the small time model and actress had threatened him of committing suicide and demanded money from him. This happened on several occasions during the past three years, Vijay said, and also claimed she had made such a bid in the past as well.

The cosmetic surgeon also alleged that Madhu Bharati, in whose apartment Shikha was staying as a tenant, had provoked the actress to take his name. The landlady had recorded her statement on a cell phone, even as she lay in a pool of blood.

“I was not even present when the incident took place. The people who were present are responsible for her death. Madhu Bharti must have forced her to take my name,” the doctor explained while speaking to a national daily.

Vijay further said that on March 16, 2012, he had found a CD in his letter box, which revealed that Shikha was in hospital after consuming some pills and her family members blamed him for that.

“After that, I have received many calls from her threatening to commit suicide if I don't give her money. I was tired of it. In fact, I have complained to the police and asked for call records. I have all the proof with me,” he added.

Vijay said that after coming to know of the allegations against him following Shikha’s death, he was he was busy preparing himself and collecting evidence to prove his innocence. “I have submitted around 1,500 pages of proof including all past records, the CD, call records and police complaints,” he said.

According to the cosmetic surgeon, he met Shikha in 2005 when he performed a breast implant surgery on her. In 2011, the model-actresss met him again and asked him to do the breast implant surgery free of cost, which he had refused.

Meanwhile, Senior Inspector Ravindranath Pawar said, “The doctor’s statement has been recorded and he has refused all the allegations.”