The Supreme Court yesterday refused to stay the trial court proceedings against Bollywood actor Sooraj Pancholi in the Jiah Khan suicide case and asked her mother to approach the Bombay High Court with her fresh plea seeking reliefs including an SIT probe into the incident.

Rabia Khan, the mother of the deceased actress, has also sought stay on the lower court proceedings and alleged that CBI has also concurred with the finding of the Mumbai police that it was a suicide and not homicidal death.

Rabiya Khan

“The trial in the lower court is not proceeding in a proper manner and there are likelihoods of the accused (Sooraj) being discharged in the case,” counsel for Rabia told the vacation bench of Justices A M Sapre and Ashok Bhushan.

Senior advocate Jayant Bhushan also said that the CBI, “due to reasons best known to them”, has been vehemently opposing the appointment of special public prosecutor in the case by Maharashtra government.

He asked that investigation be handed over to the SIT as CBI has also in its charge sheet said that the death was not homicidal despite forensic evidence suggesting otherwise.