Sooraj Pancholi charged with abetting Jiah Khan suicide

The police have included the preliminary forensics probe and final postmortem report in the chargesheet, which terms the death unnatural due to “asphyxiation”.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: February 6, 2014 2:32 pm
Rabya alleged that Sooraj had assaulted Jiah in December 2012 and in March 2013 as well.  Rabya alleged that Sooraj had assaulted Jiah in December 2012 and in March 2013 as well.

In the chargesheet filed by the Juhu police, actor Sooraj Pancholi has been charged with abetting the suicide of actress girlfriend Jiah Khan based on an alleged physical confrontation between the two on the day before her death on June 3, 2013, a break-up bouquet that he sent her. The notes in which Jiah referred to her tumultuous relationship and frustration over her career, have been taken as her suicide note.

The 44-page chargesheet filed before a metropolitan magistrate’s court in Andheri on January 16 has statements of 36 witnesses, which include a fruit vendor and vada pav stall owner in Juhu, family friend Anju Mahendroo and a stylist known to Jiah.
Actor Salman Khan’s name also appears in the chargesheet. In her statement, Jiah’s mother Rabya Khan alleged that Sooraj’s father Aditya Pancholi had approached the actor to ‘counsel’ him. Aditya was allegedly not happy that his son was close to Jiah, who was elder to him.

Sooraj, in his statement, has hinted that Jiah was an attention seeker. He narrated an episode that occurred around 26 days before the suicide, when Jiah came to his residence visibly disturbed and told him that her mother Rabya had scolded her and hit her as she had missed a flight to Kolkata. According to Sooraj, Rabya told him that Jiah was just seeking attention.

The chargesheet also includes a statement of a Dr Rahul Dutta, who claims that Jiah had been seeking treatment for depression from him since 2008. He has stated that he administered hypnosis therapy to Jiah and that she had previously attempted suicide.
While dismissing Rabya’s claims that Jiah had been murdered, the chargesheet includes her supplementary statement, saying that Jiah was in a good mood on the day she died and there was no inclination of depression.

The police have also included a detailed summary of Rabya’s allegation. The actor’s mother has cited Jiah’s aversion to knots, and said that Jiah would have been able to tie a perfect knot with a muslin dupatta, with which she was found hanging. She has also questioned why a person attempting suicide would change into nightclothes, remove her makeup, close all the doors and windows of her room.

In a second panchnama conducted in her home in October 2013, the police found a bloodstain on the mattress on which Jiah rested her head and another one on the bedsheet. Rabya has said the bedsheet had been washed but the stain was still visible. Among injury marks on Jiah’s body that Rabya alleged the police took no congnizance of is a bruise of her left upper arm, as if someone had forcibly caught her. In her final observation, Rabya has noted that the ligature marks on Jiah’s neck are downward,‘which is in consonance with strangulation and not mere hanging by suicide,’ reads her statement.

The police have included the preliminary forensics probe and final postmortem report in the chargesheet, which terms the death unnatural due to “asphyxiation”.

Rabya’s lawyer Dinesh Tiwari said they will file a petition in the Bombay High Court seeking transfer of the probe to Special Investigation Team or CBI.

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First Published on: January 23, 2014 3:50 am
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    Shabnam khan
    Jun 16, 2016 at 2:49 am
    Definitly a Murder any body with a little brain can see how come Indian police is so Dumb just answer me HOW DID SHE REACH 8 FEET HIGH CIELING FAN WITH HER 5.5-6 FEET HIGHT? why was her bedroom door handle broken? FINALLY WHEN THE HAND SURGERY WAS DONE ON HER WITH BEATINGS WAS SHE STILL ALIVE? ITS HARD TO BELIEVE WITH ALL THE ENOTIONAL MENTAL PHYSICAL LABOURS SHE MUST HAVE LEFT THIS WORLD IN HIS HANDS THEN HE GOT scared n hanged her to make it look Suicide THIS IS A MURDERRR
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      Javeria Chaudhry
      Jul 6, 2016 at 3:45 pm
      I wish someone rapes your sister suraj pancholi and kills her.
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        Rabia
        Apr 25, 2016 at 6:40 pm
        SOORAJ, why did you place ur hand in gias va**** and pull out the remains of a fetus that u impregnated her with. Why not do the decent thing, like u would want someone to do to your mother or sister if they had a shag and fell pregnant p, and take gia to the hospital. Ur a dirty rascal who needs killing off slowly. I hope ur impotent for the rest of ur life.lt;br/gt;25/4/16
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          Chay Elizabith
          Jul 8, 2016 at 7:45 pm
          The case is complicated the bruise on her body says that she was murdered but that doesn't mean that sooraj pancholi did it cause if he did it i guess he wouldn't have written a letter that states how abusive he is i just don't think that he would defame himself so it's either someone else did it or she did commit suicide and beleive if she was truly depressed then difenetly it was suicide i know cause me myself i have depression and thoughts like that cross my mind everyday i just want to end it all thanks i have someone to keep me away from all that i could possibly use to hurt myself, anyway it's possible to beleive that he would defame himself and acuse himself of being a rapist, abusive, or in another word he sure wouldn't describe himself as a monster, and don't know.
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            Doll
            Sep 30, 2015 at 2:44 pm
            I don't think sooraj has murderd jiah I think there is someone else who had jealousy with their relationship and that's how he took revenge
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              Javeria Chaudhry
              Aug 20, 2015 at 6:05 am
              He should get the death penalty Suraj pancholi.
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                Javeria Chaudhry
                Aug 16, 2015 at 5:03 am
                Hey he should be punished for what he did to jiah khan hung till death
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                  diya
                  Sep 25, 2015 at 3:52 pm
                  Mr suraj pancholi yoi should eb in jain waiting for the death sentence not starring in movies....That too with the name HERO because you r the most cold blooded villain get lost
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                    faa
                    Nov 12, 2015 at 1:37 pm
                    Late Jiah was very ambitious of wanting to settle down with the 'man of her life' but I guess Sooraj was very young to understand the commitments that he signed up for himself. Having said that, Late Jiah shouldn't have ended it that way. She wrote it herself that she is much more than this.& her mum shouldn't have blamed it on others but herself. Nevertheless, may Allah SWT ease her pain and grant her Jannah.....
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                      maddy
                      Sep 3, 2015 at 9:15 pm
                      No one has seen anything and we should not just ume anything. Who knows like Indrani Mukherje, Jiha might be murdered by her mom or any relative ? So friends just think before pointing finger.
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                        Pratheeksha
                        Sep 22, 2015 at 2:19 pm
                        No one knows surely who murdered her so just don't point fingers on anybody
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