Sooraj Pancholi and Jiah Khan Blackberry messages unrecoverable, CBI tells Mumbai Court


In a setback to the prosecution in the on-screen character Jiah Khan death case, the CBI told a Mumbai court that it was not possible to recover Blackberry messages exchanged between her and her performing artist boyfriend Sooraj Pancholi who is blamed for abetting her suicide. Jiah was discovered hanging in her flat in Mumbai on June 3, 2013. She was 25. Her mom, Rabiya, had moved an application a month ago looking for access to the Blackberry messages exchanged between her daughter and Sooraj. According to the answer filed in the court by special CBI prosecutor Rajendra Bhatnagar on Monday, Sooraj’s cell phone was sent to forensic laboratory where experts said the messages couldn’t be recovered.

Meanwhile, state-appointed special public prosecutor Dinesh Tiwari told the court that Rabiya’s application should be treated as a plea moved by the prosecution.

However, Special judge Shaeeda Razvi said Rabiya can’t make such demand as she doesn’t have a locus standi. In October 2013, Rabiya moved the Bombay High Court alleging that Jiah had been killed and sought a CBI test, which was granted.

Amid the test, CBI charged Sooraj (25) with abetment of suicide of Jiah.

According to the chargesheet recorded in the court earlier, Jiah had gone out of Sooraj’s house on morning of the occurrence. As per the CBI, Sooraj, child of on-screen character couple Aditya Pancholi and Zarina Wahab, had hidden facts and fabricated information amid his questioning.

The forensic investigation of Sooraj’s announcements, which is a part of the chargesheet, has “set up that Sooraj was concealing relevant information about the actual purpose for the occurrence and the announcement given by him is incomplete and fabricated,” the CBI had said.

Sooraj had declined to be part of any scientific tests like polygraph or brain mapping which the agency wanted to conduct on him.

As indicated by the CBI, Jiah had purportedly written a suicide note wherein she narrated about her intimate relationship, physical abuse and mental and physical torture allegedly experienced at the hands of Sooraj.

The three-page note was seized by the Mumbai police on June 10, 2013.

The unsigned letter, in any case, was not addressed to Sooraj.