The Mumbai Sessions Criminal Court finally framed charges against actor Sooraj Pancholi for abetting the suicide of his girlfriend Jiah Khan. Sooraj faces a maximum of 10 years in prison if convicted. However, the actor has pleaded not guilty to the crime.
The trial is expected to begin on February 14, 2018 and will be a keenly watched trial in Bollywood.
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. But the CBI said that it was a case of suicide and it was abetted by Sooraj. The CBI said just an hour before committing suicide, Jiah had a tiff with Sooraj. The charge sheet also described in detail the abortion procedure Jiah underwent when she was four weeks pregnant in January 2013. The abortion contributed majorly to Jiah's depression, according to the charge sheet.
In his statement, the doctor who prescribed the pills to her said two days after consuming the pills, he received a call from Sooraj stating that "half of the stuff "(foetus) was still stuck inside Jiah. The medical reports that have been submitted in the court state that Jiah's foetus was forcibly pulled out from her body. The CBI said Jiah had mentioned the abortion in her suicide note, which read: "I was scared of getting pregnant but I gave you myself completely. The pain you have caused me every day has destroyed every bit of me. Destroyed my soul and I aborted our baby when it hurt me deeply."
This charge sheet filed by the CBI will now be closely examined by Sooraj's defense team and the arguments are supposed to begin post February 14, 2018. Both Sooraj and Jiah's Khan's mother and their families were present in the court yesterday.
We hope justice in this case is served soon. Watch this space for more updates!