Jiah Khan's suicidal tendency pre-dates me: Sooraj Pancholi's to CBI

Sooraj Pancholi's lawyer says he has accessed a mail sent to the Mumbai Police last year, which claims that Rabia Khan had trumped up rape charges against a UK resident and had said to authorities that her daughter had attempted suicide thrice

On Jiah Khan's third death anniversary yesterday, a new twist to the case emerged. Actor Sooraj Pancholi, accused of abetting the actress' suicide, has written to the CBI, the Mumbai commissioner of police and the Juhu police station, claiming that he has come across additional evidence that could prove that the allegations of Rabia Khan, Jiah's mother, are trumped up.

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The letter, sent through Pancholi's lawyer, Prashant Patil, on June 1, cites a mail, dated February 10, 2015, sent to the Mumbai police commissioner by a UK citizen, "Mr Bloom", claiming that Rabia had falsely accused a London resident of raping her daughter a few years ago, and that the actress had suicidal tendencies.

According to Sooraj’s lawyer, Rabia Khan suppressed crucial information of her daughter’s alleged suicidal tendencies
According to Sooraj's lawyer, Rabia Khan suppressed crucial information of her daughter's alleged suicidal tendencies

A source said, "The mail states that the allegations [of rape and murder] levelled by Rabia have no truth in them. In fact, she is in it only to extort money. The mail also states that Jiah tried to kill herself on a couple of occasions. The evidence from a trial at the Old Bailey (the Central Criminal Court of England and Wales) in London and her doctors' records are also available in London. Apart from this, the mail states that a few years ago, Rabia fabricated a rape and sexual abuse charge against a man in London."

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Rabia suppressed info?
Confirming the 'find', Patil said, "My client came in possession of some very important documents and it was his duty as an accused to file the additional piece of evidence to the investigating agencies concerned to point out how the entire matter has been sabotaged by the complainant."

He said the letter sent by the UK citizen states Rabia had in her statement before the London authorities said that Jiah had attempted suicide on three occasions.

New evidence
Patil asked for investigation into the documents detailing Jiah's suicidal tendencies.

"The complainant has intentionally suppressed these documents. I want to specifically say that in writ petitions 919/2014, when the Bombay High Court transferred the matter to the CBI, the complainant (Rabia) intentionally suppressed the fact that the deceased had tried to commit suicide on three occasions. Had the complainant come clean to the investigating agencies, then there would have been no prima facie case of Section 306 (abetment to suicide) of the IPC against my client."

London files
Pointing out that Rabia could perjure herself under Section 191 of the IPC, he said the case files from the London trial are with her. "They need to be filed before the trial court and the CBI," he demanded.

He said he plans to file a writ petition seeking further investigation into the case under 173 (8) of the CrPC and expand the line of probe into the London trial.

"The complainant has maliciously changed her allegations as per her own whims and fancies and she has wasted the time of the court and my client, and someone needs to be made accountable for this."

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