MUMBAI: Even as a city courts sent Suraj Pancholi, who was arrested on Monday for abetting suicide by actress Jiah Khan, to judicial custody till June 27, the mother of the victim has alleged that she is under pressure from Bollywood big-wigs to withdraw complaint against him.
Rabiya Khan has alleged that some Bollywood stars have approached her to withdraw the case against Suraj Pancholi and amicably sort out the matter.
“I have received many calls from the Bollywood fraternity asking me to withdraw the case and settle the matter, as they believe Sooraj is innocent,” Rabiya said on Thursday.
But she added that she could not withdraw the case under any circumstances and fight for justice for her daughter.
Suraj Pancholi was arrested on Monday after the family found a six-page note written by Jiah khan in which she alleged abuse and rape by Suraj with whom she had been in a relationship for a year. She also mentioned her pain of undergoing abortion.
Though Suraj has already admitted to physically abusing her during their trip to Goa about eight months ago, the rape angle is under investigations.
However, the Juhu police have confirmed that they have received a medical report from the hospital where she went with Suraj to terminate her pregnancy. A police investigator said, “We have received the medical reports from the hospital where the foetus was aborted.’’
Since Jiah’s sister Karishma and Kavita knew of the abortion, police also recorded statements of Karishma, the official said.
With completion of his police remand on Thursday, Suraj was sent to judicial custody till June 27 by Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Seema Jadhav who rejected the request to extend his police custody.
Police sought extension of his custody as they wanted to question him about `rape’ mentioned by Jiah in her note.
Prosector A K Pancharane said further questioning of Suraj was necessary as he had deleted from his cell phone Jiah’s messages which would have helped them investigate his role in abetting the suicide.