MUMBAI: Suraj Pancholi, son of Aditya Pancholi, was arrested on Monday night in connection with Jiah Khan’s suicide on June 2.
Suraj, who was friends with Jiah Khan, was the last person she spoke to before hanging herself in her bedroom.
In a five-page note left by her before committing suicide, Jiah says she had to abort her baby by Suraj and accuses him of `abuse’ and `womanizing.’
After the family gave a copy of the note to police, Suraj was arrested by Mumbai Police on Monday for abetting the suicide and sent to police custody till June 13 on Tuesday.
In her note, Jiah has written (to Suraj), “When I first met you I was driven, ambitious and disciplined. Then I fell for you, a love I thought would bring out the best in me. I don’t know why destiny brought us together. After all the pain, the rape, the abuse, the torture I have seen previously I didn’t deserve this.
“I don’t know how to say this to you but I might as well now as I have nothing to lose. I’ve already lost everything. If you’re reading this I might have already left or about to leave. I am broken inside.
“You may not have known this but you affected me deeply to a point where I lost myself in loving you. Yet you tortured me everyday. These days I see no light I wake up not wanting to wake up.
“It didn’t matter how many gifts I gave you or how beautiful I looked for you. I was scared of getting pregnant but I gave myself completely, (the) pain you have caused me everyday has destroyed every bit of me, destroyed my soul.
“If I stay here, I will crave you and miss you. So I am kissing my 10-year career and dreams goodbye. I never told you but I received a message about you. About you cheating on me. I chose to ignore it, decided to trust you. You embarrassed me.
Writing about her `deep hurt’ about aborting her pregnancy, Jiah writes, “You destroyed my life. It hurt me so much that I waited for you for ten days and you didn’t bother buying me something. The Goa trip was my birthday present but even after you cheated I still spent on you. I aborted our baby when it hurt me deeply.’’
On Tuesday, Suraj was sent to police custody till June 13 by a Mumbai court. Police sought his remand on the grounds that they have found five love letters between the two and they wanted to verify it by questioning Suraj. They also wanted to question him on the reported abortion by Jiah Khan of their baby. However, Suraj’s lawyer Zameer Khan opposed the police remand, saying that his client couldn’t be arrested on the basis of Jiah Khan’s alleged five-page note which was not signed by her.
The defence lawyer said Jiah Khan had a troubled childhood, and was “obsessive and possessive.” On the basis of their short courtship, he said, it was not possible for his young client to give any commitment to her.
All these days, Suraj’s father Aditya Pancholi has maintained that his son is not the villain in Jiah Khan’s suicide.
In an interview, the father said last week, “My son got to know her (Jiah) just 9-10 months ago…Love is a beautiful emotion. But if things don’t work out between two people, it’s pointless to point a finger at one or the other person. And Mahesh Bhatt Saab, who knew Jiah well enough, has been comparing her volatile nature to other actresses…I don’t want to name anyone else. Why make a scapegoat out of my son?”