In a new twist in Jiah Khan murder case, a British forensic expert who was roped in by Jiah Khan’s mother has said that the actress’ hanging was staged and the marks on her face and neck indicate it’s not a simple case of suicide. As per a report on Mumbai Mirror, Jason Payne-James findings contradicted Indian experts’ report on Jiah’s death. The report may also be shared with a city sessions court on Wednesday. The development comes a month after CBI ruled out the possibility of any murder in the case. In December 2015, CBI had charged Jiah Khan’s former boyfriend Sooraj Pancholi with abetment to suicide. However, Jiah’s mother Rabia Khan wasn’t convinced by police’s suicide theory in the case. Rabia roped in Payne-James of UK-based Forensic Healthcare Services Ltd for a thorough probe . The agency made an analysis of the photographs of Jiah’s body and reviewed CCTV grabs and pictures of her room.
Jiah, who had been dating actor Aditya Pancholi’s son, Sooraj, was found hanging in her Juhu apartment on June 3, 2013. At that time too, Rabia had repeatedly said 25-year-old Jiah could not have committed suicide. Rabia later filed a petition for a thorough probe in the Bombay High Court, which asked the CBI to take up the case. It should be noted that some injury marks were found on Jiah’s lower lip. However, the forensic experts had said that the injury marks were probably the result of “friction with the teeth during the commission of the act [suicide]”.