The CBI on Wednesday filed a chargesheet into the death of Bollywood actress Jiah Khan in which actor Sooraj Pancholi is one of the prime accused.
US citizen Jiah, 25, was found dead at her Juhu apartment on June 3, 2013. Later, Sooraj was arrested for ‘abetment to suicide’ on the basis of a six-page purported suicide note which was recovered.
The chargesheet came a fortnight after the sessions court asked for the status of the CBI’s investigation into the case after it was transferred to the central probe agency by the Bombay High Court last year.
Special Women’s Court Judge A.S. Shende had observed at a hearing on November 18 that though the CBI had completed its probe, the chargesheet was not filed in the case so far.
Prior to the CBI, Mumbai police which probed the matter said Jiah and Sooraj were in a relationship. Later, the Bombay High Court granted him bail.
In his bail application, Sooraj had contended that the two were in a consensual relationship and the letter purportedly penned by Jiah was allegedly being misused by her mother Rabiya.
In October 2013, Rabiya had petitioned the Bombay High Court alleging that her daughter was murdered and demanded a CBI probe into the matter.
Earlier, in January 2014, police in Juhu filed its 447-page chargesheet before the Andheri magistrate’s court and six months later, the case was transferred to the CBI.