The Bombay high court on Monday refused to extend the stay granted on the trial against actor Sooraj Pancholi, accused of having abetted the suicide of actor Jiah Khan.
In February this year, the court had stayed the trial by two weeks after Jiah Khan’s mother Rabia had filed a plea alleging the CBI probe into the actor’s death was not satisfactory. She had also alleged that Jiah was murdered by Pancholi and had sought a special investigating team be constituted to probe the incident.
On Monday, the CBI opposed Rabia’s plea saying its probe had confirmed Jiah had committed suicide and thus, Pancholi was accordingly charged only under section 306 of the IPC for abetment.
CBI’s counsel Hiten Venegaonkar said the agency has already filed a charge sheet against Pancholi and a trial court is to begin hearing arguments on the framing of charges against him on May 5 this year.
Rabia’s counsel, however, submitted that her petition seeking the SIT is pending hearing before another bench of the high court and thus, the trial be stayed at least until the next hearing on that plea.
A bench of justice Naresh Patil and justice AM Badar, however, refused.
“You were not happy with the state police probe and approached the high court, which directed CBI to probe the case. The CBI has filed its charge sheet and has concurred with the findings of the police and charged the accused under section 306 (abetment). Now you want an SIT probe. What if tomorrow you are not satisfied with the SIT also? This has to end somewhere,” justice Patil said.
Pancholi was arrested on June 10, 2013 for abetting Jiah Khan’s suicide, but was granted bail by HC on July 2 the same year.