Mumbai: The Bombay High Court today dismisseda petition filed by Rabia Khan, mother of late Jiah Khan, challenging CBI’s charge sheet terming the actress’s death as suicide and not homicide, thus paving way for trial to commence against actor Sooraj Pancholi in the case.
Sooraj is charged with abetment of Jiah’s suicide.
A division bench of justices R V More and Shalini Phansalkar-Joshi while dismissing Rabia’s petition observed that the CBI has investigated properly all aspects of the case and that there is no fresh material submitted by her to direct further probe in the case.
Sooraj had last year filed an intervening application seeking for stay on the trial to be vacated saying he has every right to face a “free, fair and expeditious trial”.
The court while dismissing Rabia’s petition today said, “The intervening application filed (by Sooraj) also stands dismissed as it is now infructuous.” Rabia, in her petition, had sought formation of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) and monitoring of the investigation by high court. According to Rabia, Jiah was murdered by her then boyfriend-actor Sooraj.
Rabia alleged that CBI has not probed the case properly and ignored several evidences and material that clearly suggest that Jiah was murdered.
The court, however, noted that the investigation appears to be complete from all aspects and that it does not find any deficiency in the investigation.
“Now after over three years of the incident, nothing fruitful will come out by directing further probe, and by constituting a Special Investigation Team. Not only the police but also the CBI has probed into the angle of homicidal death and on the basis of experts’ opinion, both the investigating agencies have arrived at the same conclusion that it is a case of suicide,” the high court said.
“Merely because CBI has arrived at the same conclusion as that of the police does not mean further probe needs to be directed. Needless to state that there would be no end to such exercise until the petitioner (Rabia) gets the result of her choice,” the judges observed.
The high court’s dismissal of Rabia’s petition paves way for trial to commence against Sooraj before a lower court.
The high court had earlier stayed the trial pending hearing of Rabia’s petition.
Jiah had committed suicide on June 3, 2013. Sooraj was arrested for abetting Jiah’s suicide on June 10, 2013, but released on July 2 the same year after the high court granted him bail. (MORE) PTI
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