The Bombay high court on Wednesday directed the Juhu police to record the statement of Rabia Amin Khan, mother of deceased actor Jiah Khan. Rabia believes her daughter did not commit suicide but was murdered. She has alleged that the police did not probe the case properly.
In her petition, Rabia had said that she has strong reasons to believe the investigation has been hushed up at the behest of the police, who had carried out the probe in such a manner that the truth did not come out. The petition alleges that Jiah may have been hanged after being killed.
A division bench of justices SC Dharmadhikari and GS Patel refused to transfer the probe to the CBI, as sought by Rabia, but asked the police to probe the case properly.
The bench asked the police if they had investigated all the aspects highlighted by Rabia in her plea. The judges asked the police how much distance there was between the bed and the fan from which Jiah hanged herself, and also inquired if a stool was used to reach the fan. The police were also quizzed about the injury marks found on her forehead and hands.
“It is not a passing of any observation on the probe, but investigation should be undertaken properly,” said the HC.
After Jiah was found hanging from the ceiling of her Juhu residence on June 3, aspiring actor Sooraj Pancholi had been arrested for allegedly abetting her suicide. He was later released on bail.