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Jiah Khan may have been murdered, says mother

It’s been four months since the death of actress Jiah Khan. While the rumours surrounding her suicide have finally begun to simmer down reports suggest that her mother has moved the High Court petitioning for a CBI probe into her daughter’s death.

In her petition, filed on Tuesday, Amin has made two key claims – she has cast aspersions on the police, for what she claims was a shoddy probe, and she has claimed that the police’s “lethargic and biased approach” was to “benefit the accused Sooraj Pancholi.”


With the petition, Amin has attached several photographs taken right after Jiah’s death and an independent opinion of a forensic expert, which point towards a case of homicidal death rather than suicide. Mumbai Mirror has chosen not to publish the photos.

The petition, filed through Advocate Dinesh Tiwari, also questions the manner in which Vishwas Nangre Patil, additional commissioner, west region, declared that Jiah had killed herself just hours after she was found hanging in her Juhu house. The incident happened on June 3. The police arrested her boyfriend Sooraj on June 10 and was charged with abetment. He was released on bail on July 2 after the high court granted him bail.

“The petitioner has strong reasons to believe the entire probe has been hushed up at the behest of the police, who were pre-decided to carry out the probe in a manner that the truth does not come out,” said the petition. “The matter, which could have been investigated as a case of murder, has been converted into a case of suicide.”

It said the investigation was so shoddy that there is now hardly any possibility of getting the accused convicted. It accuses Sooraj’s father – actor Aditya Panscholi – of using his clout to influence the probe. The petition also raises the following questions to support the claim that Jiah may have been hanged after she was killed:

1. The petition says that a person who hangs herself will be found with her eyes and tongue popping out, while in Jiah’s case it was not so. It also says that in such cases brain or lung haemorrhage is observed, but even this was not the case with Jiah.

2. The petition says there are other injury marks on Jiah’s face and body apart from the usual ligature marks that happen in every case of death due to hanging. It points towards an injury on the right side of her lips and a mark on her left arm, “as if someone held her tightly.”

3. The petition says the ligature marks on her neck are not consistent with how it would be if a person hanged herself from a ceiling fan, thereby pointing at the possibility of strangulation. This contention has been backed by Dr RN Jerajani, an independent forensic expert.

4. Dr Jerajani’s report about the ligature marks says: “The marks on the right side of the neck are backwards and slightly downwards, while on the left side also they are slightly downwards. These imprints are not the usual marks that will be seen in cases of hanging and the possibility of strangulation is by deductive rule out.” (sic)

5. According to the police, Jiah allegedly hanged herself using a soft muslin dupatta. But Dr Jerajani says the depth of the ligature marks is difficult to achieve with soft material. The petition says a forensic expert from a government hospital has given a similar opinion but did not wish to be named.

6. Rabia Amin says in her petition that she has preserved a blood patch she had found in a room different from where her daughter’s body was found till now. She says that despite having pointed this out to the police repeatedly, they never bothered to collect it. A handle of one of the drawers in this room was also found in bent position.

7. The petition also points towards the difference in the height between the floor of the room and the ceiling fan, which is located right between two single beds. According to the petition, Jiah could not have hanged herself from a ceiling fan placed so high without the help of a stool, while their home does not have a single such object. It says when Jiah’s cousins failed when they tried to enact the suicide.

8. The petition says Amin informed Vishwas Nangre Patil and the investigating officer of the case about everything she found, but they paid no heed.

9. The petition adds that the bedroom window could have been used to gain entry into the first floor apartment, as the window is at a very low level and very close to the ledge above the building entrance. It says the fact that the window was found to be open despite the room’s air conditioner being on raises enough suspicion.

10. The petition says CCTV footage shows that when Jiah entered the flat a few minutes before she allegedly committed suicide, she was dressed in a track suit, whereas her body was found dressed in a night suit. Would a person about to commit suicide change clothes right before doing it, asks the petition.

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Jiah Khan’s suicide case to be recreated for TV

News often becomes fodder for TV shows. Earlier we have seen the Jessica Lal murder case, Adnan Patrawala murder case, Aarushi Talwar murder case being recreated on televsion. Recently we saw the Delhi gangrape incident shown on Sony TV’s Crime Patrol and now we heard Bollywood actor Jiah Khan’s suicide case will be told in Channel V’s popular show Yeh Hai Aashiqui.

According to the grapevine, “The story revolves around a film actress, who, while on top of her game, falls in love with a director’s son and gets extremely possessive about him. The boy, an aspiring actor, ends up signing a film with her, but after she delivers a string of flops, replaces her with a newbie. Unlike Jiah, who took her life by hanging herself from a fan, the actor in the show will jump off the fourth floor of her building. The central characters will be played by Mihika Verma and Rithvik Dhanjani, while Bobby Darling will play her friend and business manager.”

We really look forward to the portrayal of Jiah Khan’s suicide and the way it ends especially since the decision in this case is still pending.

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Jiah Khan Suicide case: Bollywood Actor Suraj Pancholi gets bail

The Bombay high court on Monday granted bail to Suraj Pancholi, son of actor Aditya Pancholi, while observing that he cannot be held solely responsible for the “impulsive” act of suicide committed by actress Jiah Khan.

“No doubt that it was an unfortunate incident that a young girl has committed suicide. She (Jiah) must have been impulsive and he (Suraj) cannot be held solely responsible for it,” Justice Sadhna Jadhav said.

He has been granted bail on a surety of Rs 50,000. The court has directed him to surrender his passport and appear before the Juhu police every alternate day.

The court also observed that the letter, purportedly written by Jiah and recovered from her house, could not be taken as a suicide note as it is not addressed to anyone and is not dated.

“The question is if the script recovered from the deceased’s house is addressed to the applicant (Suraj) or is it just extracts from her diary? Whether it can be called suicide note at all? When there is no date on it can it be linked to the day she committed suicide? ” the court queried.

It added that the letter written by Jiah never reached the applicant.

“Therefore it cannot be said that the emotions expressed in the letter ever reached the applicant,” Justice Jadhav said.

The court also held that Suraj never nurtured an intent or “mens rea” (motive) to push the girl to commit suicide.

“She was in the relationship on her own volition. It all depends on the pscyhe of the person. It cannot be ignored that Jiah had suicidal tendencies. Earlier also she had attempted suicide and it was the applicant who took care of her,” Justice Jadhav said, adding that the deceased’s mother was not even aware of this incident.

The court further said that it was clear that the deceased was extremely possessive of the applicant, who was focusing on his career and hence could not give much time to Jiah.

“It also appears that on the day of the incident there was some misunderstanding between the deceased and applicant due to which Jiah was in a rage of fury,” the court said.

Observing that a 22-year-old boy has been in jail for 21 days and that there was no need for further incarceration, the court granted bail to Suraj.

Jiah Khan Suicide case: Suraj Pancholi’s judicial custody extended till July 11

Judicial custody of Suraj Pancholi was extended till July 11 by a Mumbai court on Thursday.

Suraj Pancholi aged 22 and son of Bollywood Celebrity couples Aditya Pancholi and Zarina was produced before the magistrate on Thursday morning after the expiry of his judicial Custody.

During the hearing session, the police prosecutor opposed Suraj Bail plea since the problems in the case is in a critical state and releasing him on bail could hinder the investigations.

He will continue to be lodged in the Arthur Road Central Jail till his bail plea comes up.

Suraj was nabbed after a note written by Jiah blamed him for the suicide.

Jiah Khan and Suraj Pancholi

Did Salman Khan advise Suraj Pancholi to end his relationship with Jiah?

Jiah’s mother Rabiya Amin Khan has revealed that Salman had tried to get Suraj out of the relationship on Aditya Pancholi’s request

In an exclusive interview to a tabloid, Jiah’s mother said, “He (Aditya Pancholi) told Salman Khan about it (Jiah-Suraj affair), who tried to talk Suraj out of it. But Suraj told him (Salman) that he loved Jiah and Salman was then cool about it.” She added, “It’s a misconception that Aditya and I were friends. If he was my friend, things would have been amicable and this incident wouldn’t have happened. But yeah, I know he threw a fit when he came to know about his son’s relationship with my daughter.”

The question is, after all that’s happened, will Salman stand up for Suraj?