Mumbai: The Bombay high court on Thursday rejected a plea by Rabia Khan seeking setting up of a Special Investigation Team to probe her daughter and Bollywood actor Jiah Khan’s death. Rabia had opposed CBI’s conclusion that Jiah had committed suicide. Actor Sooraj Pancholi has been booked for abetting Jiah’s suicide.
Rabia Khan had claimed that her daughter was murdered and sought the transfer of the case to a Special Investigation Team (SIT).
The CBI said that as per its investigations, the cause of Jiah’s death was “suicide by hanging”. Rabia’s theory that some one had entered the flat from an open window and the distance between the fan and the floor did not support the case of suicide was dispelled by the CBI.
The agency said that there was no proof to show that some one could have entered the flat. The marks on Jiah’s neck could be caused by the dupatta which she had used to hang herself, especially while removing the multiple knots.
The ASG said that the medical board had concluded that “suicide could not be ruled out”. Further, the CBI had recorded statements of people who had met Sooraj that day, as well as the domestic helps, and pored through the CCTV footage.
Jiah was found hanging from her ceiling of her residence on June 3, 2013 and her boyfriend Sooraj was charged with driving her to commit suicide.
The HC had transferred the case to the CBI after Rabiaapproached the court claiming her daughter was murdered. In December 2015, the CBI filed a charge sheet against Sooraj for abetting Jiah’s suicide. Rabia, then moved the HC again alleging the CBI had not looked at crucial evidence.