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Jiah suicide case: Sooraj Pancholi granted bail

HT Correspondent and agencies, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, July 01, 2013
First Published: 13:40 IST(1/7/2013) | Last Updated: 00:40 IST(2/7/2013)

Aspiring Bollywood actor Sooraj Pancholi left prison on bail on Monday three weeks after being arrested over a possible role in the suicide of his actress girlfriend Jiah Khan.

Pancholi, 22, the son of Bollywood actors Aditya Pancholi and Zarina Wahab, was released after a Mumbai court set bail at R50,000.

“He has been let out on bail today. He had to pay R50,000,” Pancholi’s lawyer Zamir Khan said.

Investigators had requested the court for more time to question him about Jiah Khan’s death on June 3. Her last call was to Pancholi.

Pancholi was arrested on June 10 after Khan’s mother Rabia went public with a letter apparently written by the 25-year-old actress before she hanged herself in her Mumbai apartment.

In the letter widely published in the Indian media, Khan spoke of being physically and emotionally abused and of having an abortion against her will although she did not mention any names.

Police have yet to file any charges against Pancholi. Suicide is a crime and abetting suicide is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

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