Judicial custody extended,Sooraj Pancholi seeks bail

The Andheri Metropolitan Magistrate court on Thursday remanded actor Aditya Pancholi’s son Sooraj (22) to judicial custody till June 27,after the Juhu police failed to show any further progress in the probe into actor Jiah Khan’s suicide.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: June 14, 2013 2:46:52 am

The Andheri Metropolitan Magistrate court on Thursday remanded actor Aditya Pancholi’s son Sooraj (22) to judicial custody till June 27,after the Juhu police failed to show any further progress in the probe into actor Jiah Khan’s suicide.

Sooraj,who has been booked for abetting Khan’s suicide,immediately moved the sessions court seeking bail.

Seeking further police custody,public prosecutor A K Pacharne told the court that vital evidence had surfaced against Sooraj. Quoting an alleged letter written by Khan,the prosecution argued that Sooraj might have abused Khan,which could have pushed her into taking such a drastic step.

The prosecution alleged that Sooraj had also tried to tamper with evidence. Several messages that the accused and the victim had exchanged on Facebook,SMS and Whatsapp have been deleted,” Pancharne said. The police has sent his mobile phone,laptop,and five letters written to him by the victim for forensic examination.

While the court turned down the prosecution’s plea for further custody,Sooraj’s lawyers Jameer Khan and C K Talekar filed a bail application with the sessions court. Stressing on Sooraj’s young age,Talekar said,“He is a young boy and has been wrongly implicated in the case.” The application is scheduled for hearing on Friday.

The lawyers have claimed that Sooraj was ready to cooperate in the investigation and would be available whenever required.

“The investigation is almost complete and his (Sooraj) physical custody is not needed. He is ready to appear before the police whenever needed,” Jameer Khan said.

Sooraj was arrested on June 10 for allegedly driving Khan to commit suicide. An undated and unsigned letter allegedly written by Khan has been used as evidence against Sooraj.

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