Sooraj Pancholi, Bollywood actor, has been found “not guilty” in the Jiah Khan suicide case by a special CBI court. The actor was accused of abetting Khan’s suicide in 2013.
The court’s decision came after a six-year-long trial, during which Pancholi had maintained his innocence. The court found that there was not enough evidence to prove that Pancholi had played a role in Khan’s death.
Khan, an actress and model, had committed suicide in 2013 by hanging herself in her Mumbai apartment. Her mother, Rabiya Khan, had alleged that Pancholi had mentally harassed and physically abused her daughter, which led to her death.
Pancholi was arrested in June 2013 and was released on bail after a few weeks. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) took over the case in 2014 and had filed a charge sheet against Pancholi in 2018.
During the trial, the prosecution had argued that Pancholi had forced Khan to abort their child, which had led to a breakdown in their relationship and had driven Khan to take her own life. However, the defense had maintained that Pancholi had nothing to do with Khan’s death and that she had taken the extreme step due to personal reasons.
The Final Decision
Following the court’s decision, Pancholi expressed relief and said that he had been waiting for this moment for the last seven years. He thanked his family and friends for their support during the trial.
Khan’s mother, however, expressed disappointment with the court’s decision and said that she would challenge it in a higher court. She said that she was fighting for her daughter’s justice and would continue to do so.
The case has attracted media attention in India and has sparked a debate about the issue of mental health and abuse in the entertainment industry. The verdict has also raised questions about the fairness of the legal system and the need for stronger laws to protect victims of abuse.
The court’s decision to acquit Sooraj Pancholi in the Jiah Khan suicide case has brought an end to a long and controversial legal battle. However, the case has left many questions unanswered and has highlighted the need for greater awareness and action on mental health and abuse in the entertainment industry.