Jiah Khan suicide: Sooraj Pancholi remanded to judicial custody till June 27

Sooraj-pancholiSooraj Pancholi at court. (PTI)

Sooraj Pancholi, held for abetting the suicide of his girlfriend and actress Jiah Khan, was today remanded in judicial custody till June 27 by a local court.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Seema Jadhav rejected the remand application for extending police custody of 21-year-old Suraj, son of actor couple Aditya Pancholi and Zarina Wahab.

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Seeking extension of police custody for Sooraj, prosecutor A K Pancharane said police had come across the word "rape" in the six-page letter purportedly written by Jiah to her boyfriend and they wanted to probe in this direction.

He further said that Sooraj had deleted messages sent to him by Jiah on cell phone and they wanted to retrieve them to investigate the angle that he abetted suicide of the 25-year-old actress.

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Besides, police had recovered two letters from the servant of Pancholi family and the investigators wanted to know who had written them and to whom, the prosecutor argued.

The police remand application also said that the investigators wanted to take samples of Sooraj's handwriting to prove the letters written by him to Jiah.

Counsel of Sooraj, Zamir Khan, submitted that police had already recorded statements of witnesses, including Jiah's mother and sister and also of Pancholi family's servant.

He said Sooraj's house had been searched and letters and electronic gadgets were recovered. Hence, he argued, custodial

interrogation of Suraj was not required any further.

Rabiya Khan said that both Sooraj and Jiah had exchanged letters

because of mutual trust, love and affection and no purpose would be served to keep Sooraj in police custody.

However, the court did not agree with police that Sooraj was required in police custody and hence sent him to judicial custody. This entitles him to seek bail and his lawyer said they would move the court soon to apply for liberty.

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