Today was a very important day for Sooraj Pancholi and Jiah Khan’s family, because today the court was going to pronounce the final verdict in the case of actress Jiah Khan’s death. After the actress died by suicide in 2013, Sooraj Pancholi was accused of abetting her suicide by Rabia Khan. Today, a special CBI court in Mumbai has acquitted actor Sooraj Pancholi while giving its verdict.
Know what happened so far in Jia Khan suicide case
June 3, 2013: Jiah Khan was found hanging from the noose in the bedroom of her residence in Juhu.
June 10, 2013: Police arrested Sooraj Pancholi on the basis of a six-page letter allegedly written by Jiah Khan after her relationship soured.
July 1, 2013: Bombay High Court grants bail to Sooraj Pancholi.
July 2, 2013: Sooraj Pancholi came out of jail on bail.
July 3, 2014: The Bombay High Court handed over the investigation of the case to the CBI on the petition of Jiah’s mother Rabia Khan. Rabia Khan claimed that the police was not probing the case properly and that her daughter was murdered and not a suicide.
December 9, 2015: CBI files chargesheet in the case saying it is a case of suicide and not murder. He accused Suraj Pancholi of abetment to suicide under section 306 of the Indian Penal Code.
February 2016: Rabia Khan files a petition in the High Court against the CBI chargesheet and reiterates that her daughter was murdered. Rabia sought setting up of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) under the supervision of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to probe the matter as Zia is an American citizen.
February 25, 2016: The High Court stayed the hearing in the case pending hearing on Rabia Khan’s petition.
December 2016: Sooraj Pancholi files an application in the High Court requesting to lift the stay on the trial, saying he has the right to face a ‘free, fair and speedy trial’.
February 1, 2017: The High Court reserved its order on Rabia Khan’s petition.
February 9, 2017: The High Court dismissed Rabia Khan’s petition and lifted the stay on the trial against Sooraj Pancholi.
January 30, 2018: A special court frames charges against Sooraj Pancholi.
February 14, 2019: The hearing of the case began.
August 2022: Rabia Khan records her statement as a witness in the case and reiterates that the CBI has not provided any evidence to prove that her daughter had committed suicide. Rabia filed another petition in the High Court requesting a fresh probe into the matter.
September 12, 2022: The High Court, while rejecting Rabia Khan’s petition, said that the CBI has conducted a fair and detailed investigation, but Rabia Khan is delaying the trial by calling it a case of murder, not suicide.
20 April 2023: The trial of the case was completed, the special CBI court reserved its verdict in the case.
28 April 2023: Special CBI court acquits Suraj Pancholi.
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