Court rejects Suraj’s bail plea in Jiah Khan suicide case

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Mumbai, Jun 21 (PTI): A sessions court today rejected the bail plea of Suraj Pancholi, son of an actor couple, arrested on charges of abetting the suicide of actress Jiah Khan.

The court rejected the bail after the prosecution opposed it on the ground that investigations had reached a crucial stage and his release may hamper the probe.

In his bail plea, Suraj, lodged in Arthur Road Central jail here since June 10, contended the complainant and Jiah’s mother, Rabiyah Khan, were seeking revenge for reasons best known to them.

The bail application, filed through his lawyer C K Talekar, also alleged Rabiyah was “misusing” Jiah’s letter which was found four days after her suicide at her house on June 3 here.

Police had arrested Suraj, son of Aditya Pancholi and Zarina Wahab, on the basis of this letter. They claimed the letter was “incriminating” against Suraj as Jiah blamed him for her downslides in life.

However, Suraj’s bail plea contended the five-page letter cannot be written before committing suicide. Moreover, it was not addressed to him and does not carry his name.

The Andheri magistrate’s court had earlier remanded Suraj in judicial custody after rejecting the police’s application for custody. Thereafter, he filed the bail application.

Jiah’s letter alleged she was “heartbroken” in her relationship with Suraj and was fed up with his “womanising”.


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