Jiah Khan's death: Mother seeks US intervention in the probe

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Jiah Khan's death: Mother seeks US intervention in the probe
Mumbai, Jan 23: With Mumbai police refusing to probe the murder angle in Bollywood actress Jiah's Khan's death, her mother, Rabia Khan (59), has sought US help as Jiah was a US citizen.

According to a TOI report, Rabia alleged that her charges that her daughter was murdered were thwarted by a chargesheet that accused, actor Sooraj Pancholi of abetment.

"I received an email this morning (Wednesday) which states that the US legal attache with the US Embassy in New Delhi has presented a request letter to the Central Bureau of Investigation, which will forward it to the local authorities. The letter states that the attache needs to wait until the Indian authorities agree to partner them in investigations," Rabia said.

She said a meeting had been scheduled with a consulate representative on Monday.

Rabia, a British citizen, said that she received the first email after she sought US help stated that a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) official in the office of the US legal attache with the US Embassy in New Delhi had agreed to send a letter to the Indian Police Services to offer US forensic and technical assistance in the investigation.

The email, a copy of which is with TOI, stated, "While the FBI cannot conduct unilateral investigations outside the United States, it can review your daughter's case in an advisory role, if requested by the Indian law enforcement (authorities)."

Chargesheet says suicide

The 447-page chargesheet, filed last week, lists 36 witnesses. But the chargesheet concluded that Jiah's body did not have any injury marks besides ligature marks on the neck and witnesses had not seen bloodstains, mud or footmarks, as alleged by Rabia.

Set to move the Bombay high court against the chargesheet, Rabia alleged that investigators had ignored forensic evidence that showed that Jiah was killed. "Their reports are inconclusive and tailor-made to benefit the accused," she said, demanding a special investigating authority or CBI investigation.

"Despite the HC telling them to reinvestigate the case, they appeared to proceed with the mindset that it was suicide,"she said.

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