The Bombay High Court Wednesday accepted an intervention application by actor Sooraj Pancholi, seeking permission for a ‘fair hearing’ before deciding on Rabia Khan’s petition that challenges the CBI’s chargesheet terming her daughter Jiah Khan’s death a suicide.
In the intervention, the actor, who has been accused of abetting Jiah’s suicide, has alleged that he is facing false allegations for the past three and a half years and that Rabia has been making contradictory statements before the investigating agency and intervening in the trial court proceedings by orchestrating several adjournments.
The application also states that Rabia has hidden many facts about Jiah’s ‘troubled’ childhood.
It also said that Sooraj has every right to face a “free, fair and expeditious trial.”
Rabia, in her petition against the Central Bureau of Investigation, had alleged that Jiah’s death was a homicide and not suicide and that there were anomalies in the CBI’s investigation. The High Court, while hearing the petition, had stayed the trial against Pancholi in February this year.
A division bench of Justice R V More and Justice Shalini Phansalkar Joshi allowed the intervention application and will hear both Rabia’s petition and Pancholi’s application on January 16. Pancholi was arrested for abetting Jiah’s suicide in June 2013 and was later released on bail. The case was transferred to CBI in July 2014.