Sooraj Pancholi has finally opened up about one of the darkest chapters of his life -- Jiah Khan’s suicide case. On June 3 2013, Jiah was found hanging in the bedroom of her Juhu flat, following which Sooraj was arrested and charged with abetment. He was later released on bail.
In January 2014, the Mumbai police filed a 447-page charge sheet and alleged suicide. In July 2014, the Bombay HC transferred the probe to the CBI after Jiah’s mother Rabia alleged murder. But in December 2015, the CBI filed a charge sheet, ruling out murder.
According to Sooraj, the case and the death of Jiah Khan will continue to haunt him long after the case is over. He made this chilling admission to Bombay Times during the course of an interview.
“I think till it doesn’t end and even after it ends, people will still think that I come from a known family and so, we must have pulled strings. I am not thinking much about this. I have been blamed for something grave and I will have to live with that all my life. Even after my case is over, it will haunt me,” Sooraj said. However, the experience hasn’t shaken his faith in love. “Of course, it has been five years. I mean, I was blamed for something that I feel was unfair. I was 21 then, I am 27 now… it’s a feeling which I am very open to and I have experienced it again after Jiah (Khan) passed away. I believe that if one relationship fails, it doesn’t imply that the next one doesn’t stand a chance. If I don’t think that way, I will be stuck for life in a time warp. Life has to go on,” Sooraj told BT.
A Mumbai sessions court has framed charges against actor Sooraj Pancholi of abetting the suicide of his girlfriend actor Jiah Khan in 2013. Pancholi has pleaded not guilty. The charge of abetment of suicide under Section 306 of the IPC attracts a maximum punishment of 10 years in jail.
We wonder what will happen next with this case.