Mumbai, Nov 19: Bollywood actress Jiah Khan suicide case is back to Sooraj Pancholi and the investigative agency, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
Questioning about the current status of the probe, a sessions court in Mumbai on Wednesday, Nov 18 asked CBI officials why they have not submitted the closure report.
AS Shende, a special women's judge was quoted as saying, "What is the status of CBI investigation? Is anybody from the CBI present?" and added, "It is almost a year now (since the CBI took over the case)."
Actor Sooraj Pancholi, son of Aditya Pancholi and Zarina Wahab, is the accused in the murder case filed by Jiah's mother Rabiya Khan.
Jiah and Sooraj were in a romantic relationship. Initially, it was reported that Jiah committed suicide. Later her mother claimed that she was murdered.
The Bombay High Court in July 2014 transferred the case to the central probe agency.
Jiah, an American citizen, was found dead at her Juhu home here on June 3, 2013. Police arrested Sooraj on the basis of a six-page letter, purportedly written by Jiah, and booked him for 'abetment of suicide'.
The high court subsequently granted bail to Sooraj. His bail application contended that the two were in a consensual relationship, and the letter was being misused by Rabiya.
Rabiya moved the high court in Oct 2013, alleging that her daughter had been murdered, and sought a CBI probe. The suburban Juhu police on Jan 16, 2013, had filed a 447-page charge sheet in Andheri magistrate's court before the case was transferred to CBI.
(With agency inputs)