The recent judgment of the special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court that cleared Sooraj Pancholi, the boyfriend of late actor Jiah Khan, of driving her to suicide has created a stir in the media. In this article, we will provide a detailed analysis of the case and the court’s judgment.
Jiah Khan, a British-Indian actress, was found dead in her Juhu apartment in Mumbai on June 3, 2013. She was 25 years old at the time of her death. The police initially registered a case of accidental death but later changed it to suicide after finding a six-page letter allegedly written by Jiah Khan.
Rabia Khan, Jiah Khan’s mother, has been fighting to prove that her daughter was murdered and not a victim of suicide. She has been alleging that Sooraj Pancholi was responsible for Jiah’s death.
The CBI court, in its judgment, observed that Rabia Khan had destroyed the case against Sooraj Pancholi by giving contradictory statements and withholding facts. The court questioned the delay in filing the First Information Report (FIR) in the case and raised doubts about the authenticity of the letter allegedly written by Jiah Khan. The court also mentioned that Rabia Khan raised doubts on everyone except herself, including the investigating agencies, expert witnesses, and the doctor who conducted the postmortem examination.
The court observed that the complainant, Rabia Khan, in her evidence, directly blamed both the investigating agencies, stating that they had not conducted a proper and correct investigation. The complainant openly showed distrust on the prosecution. When the case of prosecution was of suicide, the complainant stated it was a murder case. However, there is no charge of murder in this case. In fact, the complainant herself denied the prosecution’s case and disowned her earlier statement. The prosecution requested to declare her hostile and continue the trial with such handicapped evidence, the court observed.
The court’s judgment has raised serious questions on the authenticity of the letter allegedly written by Jiah Khan. Rabia Khan found the letter in her own notebook, four days after Jiah Khan’s death, and refused to hand it over for investigation, but got it published in the media. The circumstances surrounding the letter create serious suspicion regarding the actual author of the said letter, the judge observed.
Implications of the Judgment
The CBI court’s judgment has cleared Sooraj Pancholi of driving Jiah Khan to suicide. The court has observed that the prosecution’s case was handicapped by the contradictory statements and withholding of facts by the complainant. The judgment has also raised serious doubts on the authenticity of the letter allegedly written by Jiah Khan. Rabia Khan has said that she will approach the high court, stating that she has always maintained that Jiah was murdered.
The special CBI court has acquitted Sooraj Pancholi of driving Jiah Khan to suicide, stating that Jiah Khan’s mother has destroyed the case against him. Rabia Khan, on the other hand, maintains that her daughter was murdered and said she will approach the high court. The court’s judgment has raised serious questions on the authenticity of the letter allegedly written by Jiah Khan. It remains to be seen what further action will be taken by the parties involved in the case.