Actor Sooraj Pancholi has been charged under the IPC section 306 for abetment of suicide of actress Jiah Khan. Sooraj’s lawyer Prashant Patil said to a leading Indian news agency, “Sooraj pleaded innocence and the examination of witnesses will start from February 14.”
Commenting on the trial, his father Aditya Pancholi said to a leading Indian daily, “We are very happy [that the trial is beginning]. We have been waiting for this day for the past four-and-a-half years. Now the real trial begins, now we will fight the actual fight. If we are guilty, Sooraj will be punished; and if we are not, then Sooraj will be set free.”
“What was happening was that every time the trial was to go to the court, the complainant (Rabia Khan) would go and get a stay on the trial,” he added.
Aditya said that the family is relieved as they will get the closure now.
“Now what has happened is that for the first time, the accused has gone and made a petition in High Court, to expedite the trial. We want the trial to go fast and they (Rabia Khan and her lawyer) had been delaying the trial,” he says. “We have gone through a lot of stress, but we stood by each other, and friends from the industry like Salman (Khan) were also there for us. The trial cannot go on forever. Sooraj is a young man and he has his life ahead of him,” said Aditya Pancholi.
Jiah Khan committed suicide on June 3, 2013 by hanging on a ceiling fan at her residence. She had left an unsigned three page long suicide note. In the note, the actress mentioned about her intimate relationship with Sooraj Pancholi. She also mentioned that the actor tortured her mentally and physically.