The dupatta of actor Jiah, which had inexplicably gone 'missing', was finally located at the Forensic Science Laboratory, Kalina. The dupatta was with them ever since the incident in June that year. On June 20, 2017, the CBI and the Juhu police probing the Jiah Khan case submitted the articles, including the dupatta used for hanging, to the special woman’s court. The lawyers of Jiah’s mother, Rabia, had raised concerns about the missing dupatta, which is crucial evidence for the forensic evaluation to rule out either suicide or homicide. The dupatta, according to the lawyers, was never collected by the CBI, thereby raising serious concerns about the investigation and the subsequent charge sheet that the CBI filed. It was only after this question was raised before the court that the police collected the dupatta from the FSL
In September 2016, in a shocking twist to the case, a British forensic expert stated in his report that the Bollywood actor’s hanging was staged and that the marks on her face and neck indicate that it wasn’t a case of suicide. A report in a tabloid claimed that the findings of Jason Payne-James contradicted those of Indian experts. Payne-James studied the medical and post-mortem reports, and also analysed pictures of of Jiah's body apart from reviewing CCTV grabs and images of her room as part of his investigation
A few days after the actress’ death, Jiah’s mother submitted a letter to the police supposedly written by her late daughter. It read as follows. "I don't know how to say this to you but I might as well now as I have nothing to lose. I have already lost everything, If you are reading this I might have already left or about to leave. I am broken inside. You might not know this but you have affected me deeply to a point where I have lost myself loving you. Yet you tortured me every day
Post her death, Jiah’s friends revealed to cops that she was suspicious that Sooraj was having a fling with other girls. She was under depression, and had been splurging on her lifestyle. Rabia, in her statement to the police, said that the actress was depressed after having been rejected at an audition in Hyderabad. She hadn’t got any work in the film industry in nearly two years. She was even thinking of pursuing interior designing, since her film career graph was taking a plunge. The Hyderabad fiasco was really hard on her
Among the 39 witnesses listed by the CBI in the chargesheet against Sooraj Pancholi is his childhood friend, Karan Joshi (22), who said the two of them were together when Sooraj learnt of his girlfriend, Jiah Khan’s death. Karan told the police that when they reached Jiah's home, they headed to the living room, where Aditya told Sooraj that Jiah had been found hanging. “Immediately, Sooraj broke down.”
In an interview to mid-day in June 2013, Zarina said, “I knew they were good friends and after I had read about the two somewhere, I simply asked him. He was initially shy but later told me about their relationship. Sooraj doesn’t lie to me and we share a very close bond. When Aditya and I got to know about their relationship, we acted like normal parents would. There is no fuss about loving someone. These days, the youngsters are mature and they don’t like parents interfering too much in their personal life. To fall in love is not a crime. But I had never met Jiah.”
Devraj Chaudhari, alias Deva, a domestic help at the Pancholi household has, his statement to the CBI, spoke about the regular fights between the couple, as also the several bouquets that Sooraj Pancholi would send to Jiah Khan via him
The Central Bureau of Investigation charged actor Sooraj Pancholi with abetment of the alleged suicide of actress Jiah Khan, according to the charge sheet filed by the agency in December 2015. Sooraj, said a top CBI official, refused repeated calls of the agency to undergo “some forensic tests relating to the case.” mid-day was the first to report on October 25 that the CBI will be charging Sooraj with abetment and not homicide
"My name will always be associated with her and I have no guilt for that. I am happy that something at least stays with me. I am sad that she ended her life. But at least her name is with me and I have no problems with it," Sooraj told PTI in an interview in August 2015
In July 2014, actor couple Aditya Pancholi and Zarina Wahab filed a Rs 100 crore defamation suit in the Bombay High Court against Rabia Khan, the mother of the deceased. The suit referred to 18 tweets posted by Rabia between March 4 and May 1, which it said were defamatory to the Pancholis. It said in these 18 tweets, Rabia had allegedly made personal comments about the three members of Pancholi family. The suit said that both Aditya and Zarina had been associated with the film industry for 30 years and had earned goodwill in the society. However, due to attack on them by Rabia in her tweets, the family was defamed and several fans, relatives and friends are "shocked and disturbed."
Let down by the police probe in her actor-daughter’s death case, Rabia Khan personally questioned several key witnesses in the case, and recorded the conversations. Her private investigation conducted during January-February 2014 bared many inconsistencies in the witnesses’ statements
Speaking about Jiah-Sooraj relationship, Rabia said in June 2013, “I told Jiah he (Sooraj) is not for you, we asked her to cut off ties with the guy. We decided to do things what she likes and tried to keep her busy. She became normal and looked happy. I explained her how to give space in a relation, how to keep oneself busy.”
In response to Jiah Khan's mother Rabia Khan's application for the call data records of Sooraj Pancholi, his friends and his father, along with access to his BlackBerry Messenger messages, the court in 2017 directed her to discuss it with the prosecutor and ask him to seek it for her. In addition, Rabia sought that the reports she has received from her forensic experts be attached to the chargesheet
Finally on February 15, a court in Mumbai began hearing the sensational Jiah Khan suicide case trial involving Bollywood actor Sooraj A. Pancholi, who is charged with abetment. The son of Bollywood actor-couple Aditya Pancholi and Zarina Wahab, Sooraj was present in the court. He has been booked under the Indian Penal Code for abetment of the actress' suicide on June 3, 2013.
A court in Mumbai began hearing the sensational Jiah Khan suicide case trial involving Bollywood actor Sooraj A. Pancholi, who is charged with abetment. Here's a look at some shocking twists and turns in the case
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