A statement of a psychiatrist has helped the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) build its case against Bollywood actor Sooraj Pancholi who has been charged with abetement to suicide of his former actor girlfriend, Jiah Khan.
“The statement of the doctor has been recorded under Section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) before a magistrate. In his statement, the doctor has said that Khan had been counseled by him since 2008 and she had confided about the abortions she had underwent. Jiah Khan had claimed that she was impregnated by Sooraj and owing to their career in showbiz, was forced to abort on more than one occasion,” a senior official from the agency told The Indian Express.
The agency filed a supplementary chargesheet on Wednesday against the actor at the Mumbai sessions court. Jiah Khan, an American citizen of Indian origin, was found hanging in her Juhu apartment in June, 2013. The case was initially probed by the Mumbai police which had also chargesheeted Pancholi for abetment of suicide.
However, Jiah’s mother Rabia had filed a petition in the Bombay High Court seeking transfer of the probe to the CBI claiming that it was a case of homicide and not suicide.
“The SMS exchanges between the couple, which forms a part of the narrative, suggest that while Jiah wanted a committed relationship, Sooraj was against it. He was trying to distance himself and this did not go down well with Jiah who then took the extreme step,” added the source. “While there were few messages sent by Jiah suspecting Sooraj of having another affair, we did not find any evidence to suggest that he was cheating on her,” added the source.
The agency had questioned twice during the course of the probe and had also raided his apartment in Juhu. “During the raids, we recovered various gifts exchanged between the couple. Jiah used to gift Sooraj frequently and those were recovered from his residence,” added the source.
According to sources, the chargesheet narrates the sequence of events leading to Jiah Khan’s suicide.
“On the fateful day, Jiah Khan had left the residence of said private person (Sooraj) where she had stayed with him for two-three days. She had accused him of lying about his meeting with a common lady friend. Jiah Khan, who continuously messaged in this regard to him, had infuriated him, and he deleted her BBM account from his mobile. Later, he had received a call on his mobile from her at midnight which lasted for about 400 minutes. Meanwhile, he had also sent certain messages to Jiah which were abusive and accusatory,” the press release from the agency stated.
Sources said that a day before the suicide, Jiah had a major confrontation with Sooraj and he even physically abused her and she had sustained a few bruises owing to the scuffle. A three-page note seized by the Mumbai police on June 10, 2013, which was written by Khan, has also been included in the chargesheet.” In the letter she has narrated her intimate relationship, physical abuse and mental torture that she had experienced at the hands of the said private person (Sooraj),” the press release added. The chargesheet also includes the report prepared by the Board of Forensic Medicine Experts that said that the death was “suicidal” in nature which have concluded Khan’s death to be a case of suicide and not homicide.
In her petition, Rabia had submitted an independent opinion of Dr RK Sharma, former head of Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, AIIMS, on all the evidence submitted in the case. Dr Sharma had opined that there was a “strong possibility” of Jiah’s death being “a homicidal hanging.”
“However, the analysis carried out by experts have concluded it to be a case of suicide and has negated the findings by the private doctors who Rabia had referred to and whose reports were submitted in the High Court,” the official added.
“The documents and the material objects of this case have been thoroughly and scientifically examined. The Board of Forensic Medicine Experts has opined that the death was “suicidal” in nature which corroborated the observation and opinion of the post- mortem. The forensic statement analysis of the note written by the deceased has opined that the said note allegedly represents her mental status genuinely and the circumstances and reasons behind her suicide. The willful conduct of the accused narrated in the note written by the deceased, her intimate relationship, the physical abuse, the mental & physical torture which she experienced, allegedly led the deceased to commit suicide,” the agency’s press release read.
The chargesheet also includes a three page note seized by the Mumbai police on June 10, 2013 which was written by Khan. “In the letter she has narrated her intimate relationship, physical abuse and mental torture that she experienced at the hands of the said private person ( Suraj),” the press releases added. The chargesheet also includes the statement of Sooraj’s father , Aditya Pancholi. In his statement, Aditya told the investigators that he was against the relationship as it was coming in the way of Sooraj’s career. Sooraj could not be reached for a comment.
When contacted, Aditya Pancholi, father of Sooraj, said that they will contest the chargesheet. “My son is not guilty of abetment,” said Aditya Pancholi.