Saturday, June 15, 2013

Jiah Khan suicide case: Sooraj Pancholi’s bail hearing adjourned

Mumbai:15 Jun 2013

Sooraj Pancholi who was arrested after the suicide of his actress girlfriend Jiah Khan will spend at least another week in jail after a Mumbai court on Friday adjourned his bail hearing until June 21.

Pancholi, 22, the son of Bollywood acting couple Aditya Pancholi and Zarina Wahab, was arrested on June 10 and is being questioned by police over any possible role in Khan\'s suicide.

READ MORE: Sooraj remanded to judicial custody till 27th June

His arrest came after Khan\'s mother, Rabia Khan, went public with a six-page letter apparently written by the 25-year-old actress before she hanged herself on June 3. Her last phone call was to Pancholi.

In the letter widely published in the Indian media, the 25-year-old actress speaks of being physically and emotionally abused and of having an abortion against her will although she did not mention any names.

Pancholi\'s lawyer Zamir Khan said by telephone that the actor\'s bail hearing had been adjourned to June 21 and until that time Pancholi would have to remain in custody.

Police have yet to file any charges against Pancholi who was reported to have been in a relationship with Khan for a year.

'Jiah\'s mother is seeking revenge'

Meanwhile, Sooraj Pancholi said that Jiah's mother, Rabia Khan, is seeking revenge. \"Complainant (Rabia) is taking revenge for reasons best known to her,\" his bail application says.

The application also alleges Rabia is misusing Jiah\'s letter which was found four days after her suicide at her house here on June 3.

Suicide is a crime in the country and abetting suicide is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Khan, whose real name was Nafisa Khan, was found hanged in her room in a Mumbai apartment last week.

The US born actress made her Bollywood debut in 2007 with Ram Gopal Varma\'s \"Nishabd\" which received mixed reviews and went on to play supporting roles in the psychological thriller \"Ghajini\" in 2008 and the comedy \"Housefull\" in 2010.

However, Khan had not appeared in a movie since 2010 and filmmaker Varma said in a tweet after her death that the actress had been depressed about her stalled Bollywood career.
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