Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014

High Court refers Jiah Khan’s suspected suicide case to police chief

Jiah Khan's mother has alleged that the police had ignored the opinion of a forensic expert sought by her. Jiah Khan's mother has alleged that the police had ignored the opinion of a forensic expert sought by her.
Press Trust of India | Mumbai | Posted: April 22, 2014 10:24 am

The Bombay High Court today asked late actor Jiah Khan’s mother Rabbiya Khan to approach the Mumbai police commissioner with her grievances regarding the probe into the death of her daughter.

Rabbiya has alleged that Jiah was murdered and did not commit suicide as claimed by police.

The court was hearing a petition filed by Rabbiya, demanding a probe by Special Investigating Team or CBI into the actor’s death as she produced forensic and medical evidence to indicate that it was a case of murder.

“You may approach the Police Commissioner with all your grievances and provide whatever evidence you may have in this regard”, said the bench headed by Justice Naresh Patil while deferring the matter to May 8.

The suggestion to go before the police chief was given by public prosecutor Purnima Kantharia who vehemently denied the allegations of the petitioner that probe was improper and that an attempt was made by police to shield the accused.

Police had filed a chargesheet in the trial court naming Sooraj Pancholi, son of Bollywood actor Aditya Pancholi, as an accused for abetting suicide of Jiah.

According to prosecution, both were into an intense relationship which was later severed.

Mahesh Jethmalani, counsel for Rabbiya, said his client wanted to know the truth and the cause of her daughter’s death. She had procured evidence from private forensic experts which showed that Jiah did not take her life by hanging from the fan as claimed in the investigation but was murdered, he said.

Jethmalani also said that they were prepared to move the police commissioner with these grievances. He, however, asked for histopathology report and videography report of Jiah’s postmortem which the police had not given them.

However, the judges opined that the Commissioner of Police may decide on this plea and asked the petitioner to come back to the court in case she was not satisfied with the response of the police establishment.

The prosecutor denied charges of petitioner that SMS messages sent by Sooraj to Jiah just before her death were not part of chargesheet. She gave a copy of chargesheet to the court in which the text messages were part of the record.

However, Jethmalani said the SMS text messages were not appended to the copy of chargesheet given to Jiah’s mother.

Prosecutor told the court that a laptop, an iPad and a cellphone of Jiah were sent to laboratory to retrieve the data and it would take about two to three weeks to get the
information.

The prosecutor said videography of Jiah’s postmortem formed part of ‘Muddemal’ (materials placed before the trial court). She said the trial court had rejected Rabbiya’s plea to get a copy of this record.

Prosecutor Kantharia said the petitioner had conducted her own probe through some private agencies whose results were continued…

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