The Central Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday submitted the charge sheet in the Jiah Khan suicide case in the session’s court, two-and-a-half years after the 25-year-old actress was found hanging from a ceiling fan in her Juhu flat on June 3, 2013.
The report handed over by CBI to the sessions court on Wednesday states:
"Jiah was 4 weeks pregnant when she informed Pancholi about it. The couple then approached a doctor and finally a gynaecologist who prescribed a strong combination of drugs. After taking the medicine, Khan started haemorrhaging and called Pancholi for help."
"She was in pain and needed immediate medical attention but Pancholi allegedly asked her to wait and called up the gynaecologist for guidance. He was asked to rush Khan to hospital as the foetus had probably been aborted but hadn't been expelled from the body, which is probably what led to the haemorrhaging".
"However, Pancholi was afraid that if Khan got hospitalised, their relationship would become public and his career could grind to a halt even before taking off. Sooraj then decided to take matters into his own hand rather than risking going to a hospital. He extricated the foetus and disposed it off in the toilet".
The charge sheet filed by the CBI in the Jiah Khan case provides chilling details about the actor's pregnancy and how her boyfriend Sooraj Pancholi aided her in the subsequent abortion; and how the termination of pregnancy left her an emotional wreck, possibly leading to her suicide.
The investigating agency confirmed that Sooraj Pancholi, Khan’s boyfriend at the time of her death, has been charged with abetting her suicide, as he had been by the Juhu police during the initial probe.
The CBI has invoked Section 306 (abetment of suicide) of the Indian Penal Code against Sooraj. Notably, the charge sheet rules out the allegation of murder.
“The Board of Forensic Medicine Experts has opined that the death was suicidal in nature which corroborated the observation and opinion of the post mortem doctor. The Forensic statement analysis of the note written by the deceased has opined that the said note allegedly represents her mental status genuinely and the circumstances and reasons behind her suicide,” the operative part of the charge sheet says.
Presenting the charge against Sooraj, it says, “The willful conduct of the accused, narrated in the note of Nafisa Rizvi alias Jiah Khan and her intimate relationship, physical abuse, mental and physical torture by Sooraj, which she experienced allegedly led the deceased to commit suicide.”
The startling revelations were made only after CBI recorded the statement of doctors, who are among the 11 new witnesses examined. Meanwhile, Sooraj Pancholi remained unavailable to comment on the development.