On that fateful night of June 3, 2013 when starlet Jiah Khan allegedly ended her life, her boyfriend actor Sooraj Pancholi was at the Novotel hotel in Juhu (Mumbai) with his close friend Karan Joshi (who is not a part of the entertainment industry).
Sooraj's father Aditya Pancholi, harried by the sudden spurt of murderous insinuations, made this startling revelation after being pushed to a corner.
"We've footage of Sooraj entering the hotel, spending time in there with his friend and leaving the hotel. Therefore the question of Sooraj's guilt just doesn't arise," says Sooraj's livid father Aditya Pancholi reacting to Jiah's mother Rabiya Khan's allegation that her daughter was murdered by someone very "close" to Jiah.
Aditya now intends to get a restraining order against all reports and comments naming his son in the Jiah Khan case.
Says Aditya, "We know what Jiah's mother is implying and why she is doing what she's doing. Sooraj is not the scared child that he was when Jiah's suicide toppled his world over. Today after spending 21 days in one of the toughest jails in the country and having been put under the radar for no fault of his, Sooraj has grown up. It is being implied that I have pulled strings to get my son out of jail on bail. Tell me if I was so powerful why would I have allowed my son to languish in Arthur Road jail for 21 days?"
Sooraj in the meanwhile, continues to prepare for his debut in the new-millennium remake of Subhash Ghai's Hero.
"My boy is much stronger now. I am glad he learnt the bitter lessons so early in his life. This whole experience has toughened him," says the proud father emotionally.
Ironically, it was Sooraj's birthday on November 9; the day Jiah Khan's mother proclaimed that her daughter was murdered by someone "close" to the girl.