Bombay High Court has asked Rabia Khan, mother of late Bollywood actress Jiah Khan to draw a list pointing out mistakes or differences, if any, in the probe made by police and CBI into the death of her daughter.
Jiah Khan was found hanging from the ceiling fan in her house in 2013. Actor Aditya Pancholi’s son Sooraj Pancholi was arrested on June 10, 2013, for murdering Jiah Khan as they both were in the relationship. He was released on July 2, 2013, after the high court granted him bail.
RabiaKhan claimed her daughter was murdered and demanded action against Sooraj Pancholi. She also demanded a probe by Special Investigation Team (SIT) alleging that CBI manipulated the case as suicide and not homicide.
A division bench headed by Justice Naresh Patil asked Rabia to prepare the list of anomalies and submit it on August 23. The bench said, “the list should have three columns -- one listing anomalies in police probe, the second enumerating anomalies in CBI investigation and the third mentioning Rabia's views on the points left out in the probe.”
Rabia's lawyer Dhairyasheel Patil said “the probe had not taken into account the BBM (mobile) messages exchanged between Jiah and Sooraj. He claimed Sooraj had deleted these messages but this aspect was not considered in the probe.”
Patil also pointed out that “the post-mortem report had mentioned that Jiah's neck bore an injury mark which indicated she might have been strangulated or assaulted but this too had not been considered by the investigating authorities.”
Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh, however, said that “CBI had consulted on the injury mark an expert from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) who had ruled out murder while asserting that it was a case of suicide. Singh also said that the probe done by CBI was in the right direction and the allegations leveled by Rabia were baseless.”
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BY M. DIVYA SRI