After almost a decade, a Special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Mumbai on Friday (April 28) acquitted Bollywood actor Sooraj Pancholi from charges of abetting the suicide of model-actress Jiah Khan.
Khan, 25, was found dead at her suburban home on June 3, 2013. Pancholi, who was dating the actress at that time, was accused of abetment to suicide in the case. The police had also arrested him after a six-page suicide letter purportedly written by Khan was found at her residence.
Special CBI court judge AS Sayyad, while pronouncing the verdict, said that due to lack of evidence, the court holds Pancholi not guilty.
“Due to paucity of evidence, this court can’t hold you (Sooraj Pancholi) guilty, hence acquitted,” he stated.
Pancholi, the son of actor couple Aditya Pancholi and Zarina Wahab, was present in the court with his mother at the time of the verdict.
Taking to his Instagram Stories, the actor put up a status that announced his relief at being acquitted. He wrote, “The TRUTH always wins!”
He also added folded hands and red heart emojis with the hashtag “God is Great”.