Fed up after months of calling for a “credible” investigation into her daughter’s death, Rabiya Amin – mother of the late British-Indian Bollywood starlet Jiah Khan – is now seeking the assistance of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
Jiah was found hanged inside her apartment in Mumbai in June 2013. Her mother has insisted that Jiah had no reason to take her own life and has insisted that she was murdered.
Ms Amin has also repeatedly called the Mumbai police investigation into her daughter’s death as “shambolic” and “biased” towards “powerful interests” in the entertainment business who have helped shield the perpetrators.
She has now requested the help of the FBI on the grounds that Jiah held an American passport and should be treated as an American citizen although she spent most of her adulthood in the UK and India.
The FBI has reportedly said their assistance would only be extended if they are given permission by Indian authorities, which seems highly unlikely.
The Hindustan Times quoted a statement from the Bureau as saying: “While FBI cannot conduct unilateral investigations outside the United States, it can review your daughter’s case in an advisory role if requested by Indian law enforcement.”
Mumbai police last week filed a preliminary charge sheet against Suraj Pancholi – Jiah’s ex-boyfriend and son of Bollywood actor Aditya Pancholi – accusing him of “abetting” in Jiah’s suicide.
A suicide note allegedly left by the young actress claimed that Suraj had “driven” her to take her own life.
Independent investigators employed by Rabiya Amin have claimed that police have overlooked several key clues suggesting that Jiah may have been murdered with the killers making it look like suicide.
Police have dismissed those claims.