Sooraj Pancholi denied bail
A sessions court in Mumbai on Friday (21 June 2013), rejected the bail plea filed by Sooraj Pancholi — the young actor who was arrested on charges of abetting the suicide of Bollywood actress Nafisa alias Jiah Khan.
The prosecution opposed his bail application on grounds that the investigations had already reached a crucial stage and his release at this stage could hamper the probe.
Sooraj, son of Bollywood actor-couple Aditya Pancholi and Zarina Wahab, is in judicial custody till 27 June and lodged at the at a jail in central Mumbai.
In his bail application, among other things, Sooraj has contended that the late Jiah's mother, Rabiya Khan who is the complainant in her daughter's suicide case, was allegedly on a vendetta and held a grudge against him for some unknown reason.
Sooraj further alleged that Rabiya Khan was "misusing" a letter penned by Jiah which was found at her home four days after she ended her life, 3 June 2013.
In his bail plea filed through a lawyer, Sooraj further contended that the letter - in which Jiah had described her woes with Sooraj - was not addressed to him and did not carry his name.
After the five-page letter was recovered and handed over to the police, Sooraj was arrested 10 June 2013 on grounds that it was "incriminating" evidence against him as she had blamed him for various problems she faced during her lifetime.
Shortly after his arrest, a magistrate in court had remanded Sooraj to police custody for three days and then to judicial custody till 27 June.
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