Jiah Khan Suicide Case: Judge On Leave, Rabiya Khan Absent, Hearing Postponed To February 28

The second hearing in the Jiah Khan suicide case, which was scheduled yesterday i.e. on February 21, has been postponed to February 28...

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Jiah Khan Suicide Case: Judge On Leave, Rabiya Khan Absent, Hearing Postponed To February 28

The second hearing in the Jiah Khan Suicide case, which was scheduled for yesterday has been postponed to February 28. According to reports in DNA, the Judge, KD Shirbhate was on leave. It has been learnt that actor Sooraj Pancholi, his lawyer Prashant Patil, and Rabiya Khan’s lawyer Swapnil Ambure were present to mark their attendance. Jiah’s mother was not only absent during the first hearing, held on February 14, but was not present yesterday either.

According to Sooraj’s lawyer, Prashant Patil’s quote in the leading daily, the list of witnesses was ready, but since the Honourable judge was on leave, the same will now be filed during the next hearing, on February 28.


Jiah Khan With Her Mother Rabiya

Reportedly, a source close to the Pancholis feels that Rabiya should be present for the hearing. He told the daily, “They have made so many allegations. Now, when they should be proving their claims, they are not attending the hearings. The Pancholis are planning to submit an application to the judge, stating that Rabiya should step into the witness box and prove what she has been claiming.” The source added, “The matter has been delayed since 2013. A lot of important documents aren’t there on record. A request will be made to provide the Pancholis with a copy. Moreover, the court will also be requested to expedite the trial and summon Rabiya to court if she doesn’t turn up for the next hearing on February 28.”


Sooraj Pancholi

Rabiya’s absence from the first hearing raised many eyebrows and she wasn’t present in yesterday’s hearing too. When the leading daily contacted the late actress’ mother to comment on the same, she said, “My lawyer represented me. If the judge summons me, I shall honour that. The charges have been framed in a rush, without consideration of the CBI report and our application. When the judge reads all the material, I’m sure she will see that there are many other charges that need to be applied. The SC had endorsed the High Court order, that the City Civil and Sessions Court will look into it. I had asked for all the call logs and BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) messages to be submitted. I had submitted the forensic reports saying this is a case of homicide. I had clicked Jiah’s pictures to show the injury marks. Until they look into the call logs and BBMs, how will they know about abetment? If he was there, the messages and GPS will show that.”

Jiah Khan

Jiah Khan’s suicide in June 2013 left the nation and the industry in shock. The late actress’ then-boyfriend Sooraj Pancholi has been charged under section 306 (abetment of suicide) of the Indian Penal Code. Sooraj has pleaded not guilty.

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