Charges framed against Sooraj Pancholi over Jiah Khan's suicide
A sessions court in Mumbai on Tuesday framed charges against actor Sooraj Pancholi for allegedly abetting actress Jiah Khan’s suicide. Judge KD Shirbhate framed charges against the actor under section 306 (abetment of suicide) of the Indian Penal Code, to which he pleaded not guilty.
In a statement by Sooraj Pancholi’s lawyer, Prashant Patil said, “Sooraj pleaded innocence and the examination of witnesses will start from February 14." According to the charge sheet, Khan, was found hanging at her residence on June 3, 2013 by her mother Rabiya. She had left Sooraj Pancholi’ house, where she had been staying for the last two days, in the morning the same day she committed suicide. According to the CBI, Pancholi had "hidden facts and fabricated information" during questioning.
Son of Bollywood couple Aditya Pancholi and Zarina Wahab, Sooraj had refused to undergo polygraph or brain-mapping tests which the agency wanted to conduct to get to the bottom of his alleged role in the incident.
The CBI said a three-page note seized by the Mumbai Police, which earlier probed the case, on June 10, 2013, was written by Khan and narrated her "intimate relationship, physical abuse and mental and physical torture" allegedly at the hands of Pancholi which led her to commit suicide. It said the letter was not signed and not addressed to Sooraj Pancholi but it incriminated him. In October 2013, Rabiya Khan had moved the Bombay High Court alleging that her daughter had been murdered and sought a CBI probe, which was granted.