Jiah Khan suicide: Police probe ‘physical relationship’ with Sooraj Pancholi

Police to question hotel staff in Lonavala,Goa where the couple stayed for more than a day.

Written by Megha Sood | Mumbai | Published: June 14, 2013 2:45:30 am

With Sooraj Pancholi allegedly admitting to a live-in relationship with actor Jiah Nafisa Khan,the Juhu police have now shifted their probe to collecting evidence documenting “physical relationship” between the two. Jiah was found hanging in her apartment on June 3 and Sooraj was arrested later for abetment to suicide. The police are now sending teams to conduct enquiries at hotels where the couple reportedly stayed while they were dating,the police said.

Even as investigators are looking into allegations of rape,abortion and “troubled relationship” made by Jiah in her last letter,the police is now expanding the probe to include every “such evidence which shows the two were together in a relationship”,said an officer.

The police will now question hotel staff in places like Lonavala,Khandala and Goa where the couple stayed for more than a day. The decision to expand the investigation to hotels comes a day after Sooraj allegedly spoke of a fight between the two in Goa,when Jiah slit her wrist in her first suicide attempt eight months ago. According to Juhu police,the couple started dating a year ago and stayed at several 5 star hotels in Mumbai and outside.

“The panchnama of all the hotels they stayed in would be evidence that the couple were staying together.” said Vishwas Nangre Patil,Additional Commissioner of Police (West region). The police will be looking to include room bookings and hotels records in the panchnama as also the statement of the doctor who conducted Jiah’s abortion. According to an officer in Juhu police station,since there is no evidence of the abortion other than a doctor’s statement,the police are now trying to build a water -tight case on “physical relationship”. The police will also include Jiah’s clothes found at Sooraj’s residence during their search.

The police have arrested Sooraj based on Jiah’s mother Rabia Amin’s allegation and Jiah’s last letter where she has alleged abuse.

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