Mumbai: Actor Sooraj Pancholi who has been under trial over charges of abetment in connection to his ex-girlfriend Jiah Khan’s death, recently opened up on the sessions court’s decision to transfer the case to a special CBI court.
Talking to a leading daily, Sooraj expressed that he is “a little satisfied” with this decision and hopes that there will be closure on this case. “I am a little satisfied with this because my case should have been in the special CBI Court from the beginning. Now that the matter is in the CBI Court, I am hopeful that we will see closure to this. If the court finds me guilty, I should be penalised, but if it doesn’t, I deserve to be set free from these charges.”
He further reveals that the past few years have been difficult for him, especially, Pancholi added, on his perception and reputation in the film industry. The 30-year-old actor feels that his reputation was ruined long ago and that he doesn’t know how he survived the last 8 years.
“This period has been tough for me. I trust that there will be light at the end of this tunnel. It has been tough on me because the industry and everything around it works on perception and the perception about me has not been what I would have liked it to be. It was ruined years ago. I don’t know how I survived the last eight years; my family’s support has seen me through it all. I have tried forgetting the experiences I have had through these years. My aim is to look ahead and move forward. My family is hopeful that the CBI Court will at least be expeditious with the case. ”
In the eight-year-old pending case of late Jiah Khan’s death, it has been decided that the Central Bureau of Investigation court will now hear the case. Earlier, the sessions court was conducting a trial against her ex-boyfriend Sooraj Pancholi on charges of alleged abetment. However, the court authorities have said that the case should be moved to a special CBI court, as per reports.
The CBI, however, concluded that it was a case of suicide. In its charge sheet, they said Pancholi should be tried for abetting the suicide under Section 306 of the Indian Penal Code. Subsequently, the charge of abetment against Pancholi was framed by the court.
For the unversed, actress Jiah Khan allegedly committed suicide in 2013, by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at her Juhu residence in Mumbai. The mysterious case of her death remained in news for the longest time and the investigation was led by CBI. Her mother Rabiya Khan and family members alleged that she was killed and not committed suicide as perceived.
In 2018, actor and Jiah’s then-boyfriend Sooraj Pancholi was charged by the Mumbai court with abetting Khan’s suicide.