Sooraj Pancholi Wants #JiahKhan Trial To Begin

The findings of a British forensic expert have given a new twist to the three-year-old Jiah Khan death case. As per the findings, Jiah’s hanging was staged and the marks on her face and neck indicate it’s not a simple case of suicide.

The findings of a British forensic expert have given a new twist to the three-year-old Jiah Khan death case. As per the findings, Jiah’s hanging was staged and the marks on her face and neck indicate it's not a simple case of suicide. Jason Payne-James of UK-based Forensic Healthcare Services Ltd said that the marks on Jiah’s lower lip indicate abrasions or bruises and "blunt force trauma applied to the mouth region," according to a Mumbai Mirror report. The findings contradicted the conclusion reached by state forensic experts and the CBI which is investigating the case. Jason Payne-James alleged that there are some serious misinterpretations in the report by the state experts. Jiah’s mother Rabia had sought the help of the British expert after the CBI ruled out the possibility of a murder in the case before the Bombay High Court. Rabia wants to share the findings with a Mumbai sessions court on Wednesday, (September 21). Her counsel Dinesh Tiwari will be approaching the court to present these findings, but it remains to be seen if the court will admit a report by a foreign expert who was hired by Rabia, and not the state. Jiah, an American citizen of Indian origin, was found hanging in her Juhu apartment on June 3, 2013. Her then boyfriend Sooraj Pancholi has been charged with abetting her suicide. Meanwhile, Sooraj’s father Aditya Pancholi was quoted by the daily as saying, "This report is from a private forensic lab and it's paid. We will see if a court admits it or not. The investigations have been done by different agencies and all of them have come to the same conclusion [that it was a suicide]."

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Jason Payne-James of UK-based Forensic Healthcare Services Ltd said that the marks on Jiah’s lower lip indicate abrasions or bruises and “blunt force trauma applied to the mouth region,” according to a Mumbai Mirror report. The findings contradicted the conclusion reached by state forensic experts and the CBI which is investigating the case. Jason Payne-James alleged that there are some serious misinterpretations in the report by the state experts.

Jiah’s mother Rabia had sought the help of the British expert after the CBI ruled out the possibility of a murder in the case before the Bombay High Court. Rabia has shared the findings with a Mumbai sessions court on Wednesday, (September 21).

Her counsel Dinesh Tiwari approached the court to present these findings, but it remains to be seen if the court will admit a report by a foreign expert who was hired by Rabia, and not the state. Jiah, an American citizen of Indian origin, was found hanging in her Juhu apartment on June 3, 2013.

Her then boyfriend Sooraj Pancholi has been charged with abetting her suicide. Meanwhile, Sooraj’s father Aditya Pancholi was quoted by the daily as saying, “This report is from a private forensic lab and it’s paid. We will see if a court admits it or not. The investigations have been done by different agencies and all of them have come to the same conclusion [that it was a suicide].”

Sooraj Pancholi spoke to Bombay Times about this new development and the case.

He said, “My case has been a media trial since day one. Things have been in the papers before reaching the court, and sometimes in the papers without the court being aware. But enough is enough, if someone wants justice, they will get it in due time. I hope they get justice, even I want to know what the truth is. People should understand that even I have lost a dear one. I understand what they are going through, but this is not the way to conduct a court case, by leading the court and the people of the country to think differently.”

He added, “Whenever something good is happening in my life, personally or professionally, someone tries to put me down. It gets difficult. You cannot accuse someone of a crime, without knowing the facts. You have to know the truth before saying whatever you feel like saying.”

He also spoke about waiting for court proceedings to commence, “We haven’t gone against what they are saying, but we have been patiently waiting for over three years for the trial to begin. Like everyone else, I too deserve a fair trial. I don’t know why, in my case, things are told to the media before the court. Why not wait for the court to decide the final verdict? They are trying to brainwash people and portray me as a criminal, which is not true.”
Finally, he talked about a fair trial. He said, “No accused asks for his trial to begin, but I’m asking to open the trial soon. Whatever the accusation, I deserve a fair trial, so that I can move on in life. These things are planned to target my progress and stop my daily life. I want this pain to end for both sides. I don’t have any hard feelings for anyone. I just want a fair trial and live my life after that. This has stretched for too long.”
The hearing, which was scheduled for Tuesday,was held today, September 21. Your thoughts? Tell us in the comments below and stay tuned for more updates.
Source inputs: TOI, IndiaTimes

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