|Full name||Priya Joshi|
|Cause of death||Blunt force trauma|
|Family||Vikram Joshi (cousin; incarcerated)|
|Appears in||Criminal Case|
|First appeared||Case #22: Bloodywood (s3)|
Priya was a Bollywood movie actress in the upcoming film Bowled Over. She had long black hair and was eight weeks pregnant. At the time of her death she wore a white dress, indigo earrings, and a pearl necklace. Priya also wore henna on her right arm.
Priya was found at a movie set with bloody bruises all over her body. According to Angela, the cause of death was trauma to the head caused by wooden implements. Her clothes were also covered in neem oil, which is mostly used as a skincare and hair care product, but has numerous other uses as well. When Carmen asked why it would be covered in oil, Angela pointed out it was flammable, meaning the killer intended to burn the body but fled when they were interrupted. This meant the killer used neem oil.
Later in the palace gardens, the player and Carmen found a pair of colorful stick covered in blood. Despite being occupied with his book by Om Padmasana, it was sent to Lars who found out the blood was the victim's, confirming the sticks to be the murder weapon. According to Dupont, the sticks were dandiya sticks, which are used in a traditional Indian dance were men and women dance in two circles holding those sticks. Lars also pointed out the sticks were covered in wax, the kind used to coat cricket balls, meaning that Priya's killer played cricket.
Killer and motives
The killer turned out to be a cricket star and the victim's cousin named Vikram Joshi.
Vikram denied involvement at first saying he went to Bollywood to protect Priya instead of harm her, but admitted to the crime when Carmen pointed all the evidence towards him. Vikram could not stand when Priya had abandoned her moral when looking for a place in Bollywood, whom the cricket player blamed for corrupting her. When Vikram discovered Priya had been sleeping with her director Gurvinder Chowdhury in exchange of working for the film industry and got pregnant in the process, he considered her cousin was bringing dishonor to their family and was pushed to his limit, thus beating her with Dandiya sticks until causing her death.
On the court, Judge Adaku made Vikram know about the severity of killing a relative, to which he responded he was trying to regain his family’s honor. Adaku made clear the victim was also pregnant, so he issued the cricket player a lifetime jail sentence for the murders of Priya Joshi and her unborn baby.