There has been a new development in the Jiah Khan case. Her suicide had led to the arrest of her boyfriend, Sooraj Pancholi in June of 2013. He was arrested on the assumption that he had encouraged her suicide. However, he was granted bail at 50,000 rupees and was asked to report to the police every alternate day.
A charge sheet has now been filed by the CBI and it has revealed a lot of chilling and horrific details about this ongoing case. The details are as follows:
Jiah Khan was four weeks pregnant when she informed Sooraj Pancholi about the pregnancy. The couple had then approached a physician who had prescribed some medicines for the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP). These medicines, however, did not help and the couple had to approach another doctor and finally a gynaecologist. This gynaecologist then prescribed a stronger and more efficient combination of drugs.
After Jiah Khan had started taking these medicines, she started haemorrhaging and called Pancholi for help. She was in great pain and needed immediate medical attention. However, Pancholi had allegedly asked her to wait and called up the gynaecologist for guidance. The gynaecologist asked him to rush her to the hospital as the foetus had probably aborted but had not been expelled from the body. This is what most likely led to the haemorrhaging.
The charge sheet also has a lot of other allegations. It states that Sooraj was afraid that if Jiah got hospitalised, their relationship would become public knowledge. He was afraid that this would damage his career before it had even begun and thus decided to handle the situation on his own. He extricated the foetus and disposed it off in the toilet.
This entire incident allegedly left a deep emotional scar on Jiah Khan. She was very possessive about Sooraj Pancholi and he had begun avoiding her, possibly for the sake of his acting career. The charge sheet says that this added to her depression and finally drove her to suicide.
This charge sheet was filed by the special crime division of the CBI, who were assigned the case in July 2014 to find out if Jiah Khan’s death was suicidal or homicidal. They were assigned this task by the Bombay High Court.
The previous charge sheet, which was filed by the Juhu police after Jiah Khan’s suicide, does not mention this incident at all. This incident has come to light only after the CBI examined 11 new witnesses. A few of these witnesses were doctors and they gave the statements that led to this evidence being revealed.
The CBI was tight-lipped about what the contents of the charge sheet were and the only information that they divulged was that a case had been made out under Section 306 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against a “private person”. This section of the IPC deals with abetment (encouragement or assistance) to suicide. It has a maximum imprisonment of 10 years and also carries a fine.
The charge sheet also says: “The willful conduct of the accused narrated in the note written by the deceased, her intimate relationship, the physical abuse, the mental and physical torture that she experienced, allegedly led the deceased to commit suicide.”
This charge sheet contains statements of the Pancholi’s domestic help, the building watchman and also the florist who had delivered the last bouquet to Jiah Khan just before she allegedly committed suicide. It also has a statement from Anju Mahendru, the actress.
The sheet says that “the accused are presumed to be innocent till their guilt is finally established after a fair trial.” The CBI had conducted a search in Pancholi’s house in Mumbai and found a lot of evidence such as documents, letters, pen drives and memory cards. A CBI official, on the condition that his anonymity would be protected, has said that:
Zarina Wahab, Sooraj Pancholi’s mother, told Mumbai Mirror that:
“We came to know about the filing of the charge sheet via media only and the investigating agency did not intimate us.” She has also said that the family’s lawyer will decide the future course of action after he goes through the charge sheet.