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UK expert says Jiah Khan ‘suicide’ staged; Sooraj Pancholi set to face heat all over again?

In a shocking revelation of sorts, a foreign analyst has indicated that actress Jiah Khan's tragic death, some three years after her demise, may not have had anything to do with suicide.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: September 20, 2016 5:01 PM
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Jiah Khan’s death has gone through a number of twists and turns and now was gradually meandering towards a close with the suicide angle being given as the reason. (File photo: PTI)

In a shocking revelation of sorts, a foreign analyst has indicated that actress Jiah Khan’s tragic death, some three years after her demise, may not have had anything to do with suicide. These new revelations by the so-called expert will again drag the spotlight back on her then boyfriend actor Sooraj Pancholi who faced a lot of flak over his role in the actress’ death – he was then allegedly charged with abetment to suicide.

Jiah Khan’s death has gone through a number of twists and turns and now was gradually meandering towards a close with the suicide angle being given as the reason. However, the latest revelation is all set to throw most assumptions out of the window provided the expert’s testimony and findings are accepted by Indian courts.

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According to the forensic expert Jason Payne-James from the UK who was hired by Jiah Khan’s mother Rabia Khan, the findings based on the evidence on record that was put before him has led him to suggest that the ‘hanging was staged’.

Jason Payne-James came into the picture after Jiah’s mother, who has refused to subscribe to the suicide theory about the cause of the death of her daughter, was approached by her to weigh in on the issue that has been dragging for years . He was not brought on-board by authorities but by Jiah’s mother alone and his status with Indian authorities is totally unclear as yet.

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Jiah Khan was an upcoming actress and had acted alongside megastars Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan – she had come in for praise over her discerning portrayals of her roles in these movies.

Jiah was found hanging on June 3, 2013 at home in Mumbai and the same was blamed on suicide. Veteran actor Aditya Pancholi’s son Sooraj Pancholi was her boyfriend and he had faced a tough time answering the questions posed to him by the authorities.

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The findings by the expert and Indian authorities are at odds and this fact was brought out initially in a Mumbai Mirror report – the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had been conducting its own inquiry into the shocking death of the young actress.

Initially, the marks seen on the face and neck of Jiah Khan had been explained away as resulting from the girl’s suicide attempt and the tools (dupatta) that she had used. However, the UK expert has not hesitated in using the term ‘blunt force trauma’ to the mouth region, which contradicts the suicide theory.

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The expert has even said that the marks on the neck could not have been caused by the dupatta Jiah used to hang herself. He has sensationally said that the death was ‘staged’. That Jiah may have died earlier and that the hanging was staged thereafter.

Since this is a high profile case, the chances of courts taking cognisance of the new report are unclear, but the same could happen depending on how well it holds together.

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