Mumbai Police on Tuesday, Jan 21 filed a 500 page charge-sheet in an Andheri court against Suraj, who had been in a relationship with Jiah and was the last person she spoke to before her death. The 25-year-old actress was found hanging in her Mumbai apartment in June last year.
Suraj, son of Bollywood actor Aditya Pancholi and Zarina Wahab, was arrested soon after Jiah's death in June 2013. Jiah was found hanging in her Juhu apartment in Mumbai. Initially it was reported that it was a case of suicide. But later Jiah's mother Rabiya Khan claimed that Jiah did not commit suicide, rather she was murdered.
Suraj Pancholi has been charged with abetting Jiah Khan to suicide
According to media reports, no fingerprints have been found on the fan from which the Bollywood actress' body was hanging. Finger prints also have not been found on a plastic bottle and the sliding window in the Juhu flat where Jiah was found dead on June 3, 2013. However, DNA from tissue found in her nail clippings belongs to her, reported a media report quoting sources from forensic experts. If Jiah had committed suicide then at least her finger prints should have been found on the fan.
Earlier Kalina Forensic Laboratory report had suggested that human flesh and bloodfound were found under the fingernails of the deceased Jiah. Also other signs of struggle have been noticed. Reports further said that alcohol was found in her body suggesting incapacitation to some extent, which indicated that she may have been easily hanged by another person. These points surrounding Jiah's mysterious death case, somewhere suggest a strong possibility of murder.
Mumbai Police were forced to reopen the Jiah Khan case following her mother Rabiya Khan's strong appeal in which she doubted the theory of suicide. Rabiya Amin had reportedly petitioned the Bombay High Court alleging that her daughter may have been murdered. She demanded that the case be investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), since the then earlier probe by police was quite hush-hush and mostly in benefit of the accused Suraj Pancholi.
Rabiya Khan's petition reportedly claimed that Jiah Khan was possibly murdered before being hanged. The petition also raised 10 key questions, that points at the fact that it was possibly not a suicide case, but a homicidal death.