‘Suraj Pancholi fabricated statements,’ CBI’s chargesheet in Jiah Khan’s death


The CBI on Wednesday filed a chargesheet into the death of Bollywood actress Jiah Khan in which actor Suraj Pancholi is one of the prime accused.

Meanwhile, it emerged that Suraj hid facts and fabricated information during questioning, the forensic analysis of his statements have indicated.

The analysis, which is part of charge sheet filed by the agency in the suicide case of 26-year old Nafeesa Rizvi alias Jiah Khan, has “established that Sooraj was concealing relevant information about actual reason behind the incident and the statement given by him is incomplete and fabricated,” claimed CBI sources while giving details of the charge sheet filed before a special court here.

US citizen Jiah, 25, was found dead at her Juhu apartment on June 3, 2013. Later, Suraj was arrested for ‘abetment to suicide’ on the basis of a six-page purported suicide note which was recovered.

The chargesheet came a fortnight after the sessions court asked for the status of the CBI’s investigation into the case after it was transferred to the central probe agency by the Bombay High Court last year.

Special Women’s Court Judge A.S. Shende had observed at a hearing on November 18 that though the CBI had completed its probe, the chargesheet was not filed in the case so far.

Prior to the CBI, Mumbai police which probed the matter said Jiah and Suraj were in a relationship. Later, the Bombay High Court granted him bail.

In his bail application, Suraj had contended that the two were in a consensual relationship and the letter purportedly penned by Jiah was allegedly being misused by her mother Rabiya.

In October 2013, Rabiya had petitioned the Bombay High Court alleging that her daughter was murdered and demanded a CBI probe into the matter.

Earlier, in January 2014, police in Juhu filed its 447-page chargesheet before the Andheri magistrate’s court and six months later, the case was transferred to the CBI.