India’s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has concluded that British-Indian actress Jiah Khan committed suicide following a “disturbed” relationship with actor Sooraj Pancholi.
The CBI was directed by the Mumbai High Court in July last year to investigate whether the death at the age of 25 of the promising young actress was a case of suicide or homicidal death.
In a charge sheet filed on Wednesday, the CBI said: “The Board of Forensic Medicine Experts has opined that the death was ‘suicidal’ in nature which corroborated the observation and opinion of the post-mortem doctor.”
The statement added that a suicide note written by Jiah in which she blamed Pancholi – the son of actors Aditya Pancholi and Zareena Wahab – “represents her mental state genuinely and the circumstance and reasons behind her suicide.”
The CBI ruled out murder but Pancholi has been booked under section 306 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for “abetment to suicide”.
On the charge against Sooraj, the CBI states: “The wilful conduct of the accused, narrated in the (suicide) note of Jiah Khan, and her intimate relationship, physical abuse, mental and physical torture by Sooraj, which she experienced allegedly led the deceased to commit suicide.”
Jiah was reportedly four-weeks pregnant and had allegedly aborted the foetus before she taking her own life. She was found hanged inside her Juhu apartment by her mother and sister on the night of 3 June 2013.
On the day, Jiah had left Sooraj’s home where she had stayed with him for two-three days.
The couple reportedly had a bitter exchange of words on their mobile phones with Jiah accusing him of lying about his ‘meeting with a common lady friend’.
Enraged by her continuous messages in this regard, Sooraj Pancholi deleted Jiah’s BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) account from his mobile, the CBI states.
Later, Jiah Khan called him at midnight and another argument ensued after which he had sent certain “abusive and accusatory” text messages from his mobile to her.
Under Indian law, a charge sheet usually means a final report compiled by a police officer suggesting that an investigation has compiled “sufficient evidence” for a court to make further inquiries into a given case.
Jiah’s mother Rabia Khan has maintained that Jiah had “no reason to take her own life”.
Rabia has alleged that the initial investigation by Mumbai police into Jiah’s death had been deliberately “shabby” and “biased” for the benefit of the Pancholi family.