Jiah Khan’s boyfriend Sooraj Pancholi has received permission from the Bombay High Court to intervene in the petition filed by Rabia Khan, the late star’s mother.
In the petition, Rabia had challenged the CBI’s chargesheet, which ruled Jiah’s death as a suicide. The Ghajini actress died on June 3, 2013 and Sooraj was accused of abetting Jiah’s suicide.
Rabia had petitioned the High Court last December to form a Special Investigating Team which could monitor the investigation of Jiah’s death. In the petition, she highlighted some of the anomalies of the chargesheet.
In February this year, the court stayed the trial against Sooraj. However, the actor filed an intervention application last month, adding that he should be allowed to have a “free, fair and expeditious trial”. The application further stated that Rabia had withheld information regarding Jiah’s disturbed childhood and her suicidal tendencies, claiming that the actress had tried to kill herself once before when she was younger.
A division bench of Justice R V More and Justice Shalini Phansalkar Joshi allowed the intervention application and will hear both Rabia’s petition and Pancholi’s application on January 16. Pancholi was arrested for abetting Jiah’s suicide in June 2013 and was later released on bail. The case was transferred to CBI in July 2014.