Jiah Khan’s death shook the film industry and her fans. The recent verdict cleared Sooraj Pancholi of abetting Jiah Khan Suicide Case. It highlights the challenges in seeking justice and the need for a fair investigation and mental health support.

Special Judge A.S. Sayyad recently acquitted 32-year-old Pancholi of the charge of abetment of suicide under IPC Section 306. The judge ruled that insufficient evidence was presented to prove Pancholi’s intent to cause Jiah’s death.

The recent verdict found no evidence of Sooraj Pancholi’s intent to provoke Jiah Khan’s suicide on June 3, 2013. The prosecution was unable to establish that any action on Pancholi’s part forced Khan to take her own life.

Rabia Khan, Jiah Khan’s mother, rejects recent verdict, still claiming her daughter’s death was a murder, not a suicide. She will appeal to higher courts to seek justice.

Sooraj Pancholi’s lawyer expressed relief at the decade-long verdict clearing his client of abetment of Jiah Khan Suiside Case, considering it a victory.

Rabia Khan discovered Jiah Khan hanging at her Juhu residence on June 3, 2013, at around 11:15 pm. On June 10, 2013, Rabia’s complaint resulted in Sooraj Pancholi’s arrest under IPC Section 306 for his relationship with Jiah. However, the Bombay High Court granted him bail on July 2, 2013. According to the CBI, Jiah Khan committed suicide after Sooraj Pancholi ended their relationship and sent her a bouquet.

Jiah Khan’s suicide was caused by her emotional state –

The 51-page verdict by Special Judge Sayyad states that Jiah Khan’s emotional state was the cause of her suicide. Jiah had the choice to end the relationship but couldn’t due to emotional attachment to Sooraj, observed the judge. The judge found no evidence against Pancholi and concluded that Jiah’s suicide cannot be attributed to him.

CBI court scrutinized the post-mortem evidence presented by the medical team leader during Jiah’s trial. The court found the doctor’s evidence to support the suicide conclusion, with no sign of homicide in Jiah’s death. The court concluded that no evidence suggested foul play or involvement of a third party in Jiah’s death.

Rabia Khan disputed the doctors’ opinion.

Expert witnesses in the trial confirmed Jiah Khan’s death as a suicide, according to the court’s observation. However, Jiah’s mother, Rabia Khan, held an opposite view, claiming that the doctors had provided an incorrect opinion. The court stated that Rabia had raised doubts on everyone except herself, including the doctors who conducted the postmortem. The evidence presented in court did not support Rabia’s claim, leading the court to conclude that it was not reliable.

According to the court, 80 percent of Rabia’s testimony during the trial had inconsistencies and contradictions. This rendered the evidence unreliable and handicapped the CBI’s Jiah Khan Suicide Case against Sooraj Pancholi. The CBI court said that Rabia’s lack of trust in the statements given to investigators undermined the CBI’s case.

The court noted that neither Jiah nor Rabia had made any complaints about ill-treatment by Pancholi, as alleged. The court noted Jiah’s history of suicidal tendencies and stated that it cannot ignore it, based on the presented evidence.

The court’s verdict stated that evidence showed Jiah had previously attempted suicide, and Pancholi had cared for her by calling a doctor. The court also questioned why Rabia filed the complaint six days after the incident on June 9, 2013.

About Jiah Khan

Jiah Khan in award function

Jiah Khan’s parents, who are Indian, bore her in New York City on February 20, 1988, and raised and educated her in London. She moved to Mumbai to pursue a career in acting and made her Bollywood debut with the film “Nishabd” in 2007, directed by Ram Gopal Verma. Her role in the film earned her a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut.

Mukesh Bhatt had initially signed Jiah Khan to play the lead role in the 2004 film “Tumsa Nahin Dekha” opposite Emraan Hashmi before she appeared in ‘Nishabd’. However, she backed out of the project as she and the director felt that the role was too mature for her at the age of 16. After that Dia Mirza took over the role after Jiah Khan.

Ken Ghosh replaced Jiah Khan with Genelia D’Souza in his directed movie “Chance Pe Dance”.

Jiah Khan eventually landed a role in the Amir Khan starrer “Ghajini” (2008), which she played with distinction as a modern, independent woman in a supporting role that was widely acclaimed. The film was a massive commercial success and became the highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2008.

After a brief break from films, Jiah Khan returned to the big screen with the romantic comedy “Housefull” (2010), where she played a comic role. The film was a commercial success and emerged as the fifth highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2010.

Ken Ghosh replaced Jiah Khan with Genelia D’Souza in the almost-completed dance movie “Chance Pe Dance” starring Shahid Kapoor. Ghosh claimed that Jiah was not doing her job well and had become too friendly with Kapoor, but Jiah later said that she was asked to leave because the director had a bad eye on her. Khan’s last film appearance was in a supporting role in Sajid Khan’s “Housefull” as Devika K. Samtani, the ex-wife of Akshay Kumar’s character. Although the film received negative reviews, it was a commercial success and the highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2010.

Jiah, who changed her name to Nafisa Khan, lived with her mother in Mumbai, campaigned for PETA and helped ban glass-coated ‘manja’ during kite-flying festivals. She recorded six pop songs, sang for a movie, and described herself as an actor, poet, singer, musician, and dreamer on Twitter.

Jiah Khan trained at Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in Manhattan to hone her acting skills.

Jiah Khan honed her acting skills at the prestigious Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in Manhattan before leaving to pursue her movie career. Besides acting, she was also a talented dancer, mastering various dance forms such as salsa, belly dancing, kathak, lambada, jazz, samba, and reggae.

Jiah Khan’s career was brief but promising, and her sudden demise in 2013 was a great loss to the Bollywood industry.

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