Mumbai, 3 July-2014, Agencies: Bollywood actor Jiah Khan’s suicide case was today transferred to the Central Bureau of Investigation by the Bombay High Court. Actor Suraj Pancholi, son of actors Aditya Pancholi and Zarina Wahab, is charged of abetting 25-year-old Jiah’s suicide.
Jiah, an American citizen, was found dead at her Juhu home on June 3 last year. The Mumbai Police arrested Suraj on June 10 on the basis of a six-page letter, supposedly written by Jiah on the status of her relationship with Suraj, which was found in her house.
Suraj, 21, was for abetment to suicide on the basis of the letter.
He was granted bail by the Bombay High Court on July 1, 2013. In his bail plea, Suraj had said that he and Jiah were in a consensual relationship and the letter was being misused by the actress’ mother Rabiya Khan.
Rabiya moved the high court in October, 2013 alleging that her daughter was murdered and sought a CBI probe. Juhu police on January 16 this year filed a 447-page chargesheet in the court of a local metropolitan magistrate in suburban Andheri and the case was subsequently transferred to the sessions court for trial.
Rabiya had even met officials in Consulate of the United States of America in Mumbai in January where she was assured that they (consulate) had written to Indian authorities offering help in probing Jiah’s death.
Born Nafisa Rizvi Khan, she took the name Jiah to act in films like Nishabd and Ghajini and was believed to have hung herself from a ceiling fan at her Mumbai home.