Mumbai police who is probing the case of late actress Jiah Khan's death, on Saturday recorded the statement of her mother Rabia Khan who claimed her daughter did not hang herself but was murdered by a person "very close to her", apparently pointing to her boyfriend Suraj Pancholi, son of actor couple.
The development comes three days after the Bombay high court had asked police to carry out further investigations on allegations made by Rabia in a petition that Jiah had been murdered and not killed herself.
A bench of justices S C Dharmadhikari and Gautam Patel had asked Juhu police to record the statement of Rabia Khan on October 26 at the police station while disposing of Rabia's petition.
Jiah Khan's sudden and mysterious death has left many questions unanswered.
"Accordingly, Rabia arrived at the police station at about 11am and her statement was recorded several times. An emotional Rabia claimed her daughter did not end her life but was killed by the one who was very close to her. Her lawyer was also present," said an officer at Juhu police station.
This points the finger at Suraj, son of actor couple Aditya Pancholi and Zarina Wahab, the officer added.
"She (Rabia) elaborated the same things that were brought to the notice of the Bombay high court by her lawyer," the officer claimed.
On June 10, Suraj had been arrested for allegedly driving Jiah to suicide, on the basis of a note left behind by her which mentioned that she was "heartbroken" in her relationship with him and fed up with his "womanising". He was released from jail on July 2 after the high court granted him bail.
The six-page note written by the 25-year-old actress, who was found hanging at her Juhu residence June 3, threw light on the rocky relationship between the two.
In the high court, Jiah's mother alleged it has come to light that her daughter may have been killed and it was made to look like a suicide.
(With agency inputs)