Sooraj Pancholi, the son of Aditya Pancholi, has been charged with abetment to actress Jia Khan’s suicide. A sessions court in Mumbai framed the charges against Sooraj, to which he pleaded not guilty. His Lawyer, Prashant Patil, addressed the media, and said that, “Sooraj pleaded innocence and the examination of witnesses will start from February 14.” Jiah Khan, who had starred in controversial movie Nishabd, and the critically and commercially successful, Ghajini with Aamir Khan, among others, was found hanging from the ceiling fan of her flat June 3, 2013 by her mother Rabiya. By then, she had left Sooraj’s house, where she had been living for two days before her death.
The CBI has stated that Sooraj hid “facts and fabricated information” during the questioning sessions about the case. A three page, unsigned letter had been discovered in Jiah’s apartment which alleged that she shared an “intimate relationship, physical abuse and mental and physical torture” with Pancholi. The trauma could have caused her to commit suicide. Even though it wasn’t singed, it did incriminate Pancholi, and referred to the abuse that Jiah suffered from him.
Sooraj made his Bollywood debut with the movie, Hero, which was critically panned, and his performance in it also recieved negative reviews as well. He hasn’t been successful at making an impact in the industry, and this controversy is likely to hurt his chances to get good roles. It still to be seen if he will be sentenced for his crimes, but for now, things are not looking good for him.