The Andheri metropolitan magistrate’s court remanded Suraj Pancholi in judicial custody until June 27 as the prosecution couldn’t file enough grounds for seeking extension of his police custody.
Public prosecutor AK Pacharne said, “There were a few vital grounds on which we sought an extension of police custody. The police wanted to interrogate Suraj in connection with the letter which allegedly stated that Jiah Khan was raped and tortured by him. Also, there were a number of messages which were exchanged between Jiah and Suraj on WhatsApp as well as Facebook, which Suraj allegedly has deleted. Hence, the police wanted to unearth those messages.”
However, the prosecution’s plea was opposed by defence counsel Jameer Khan on the grounds that the police have failed to cite any new reasons to seek the custody of Suraj.
The prosecution’s request was opposed by the defence counsel Jameer Khan on the basis that police don’t have enough ‘new’ reasons to seek the custody of Suraj
Advocate Khan argued that the evidence on which the police is relying on is not controversial. “The letters which the police claim to have recovered from Jiah’s residence are normal letters and have nothing suspicious. Also, my client has cooperated with the police and handed over his mobile phone for the purpose of investigation.”
Suraj has also requested a bail in the sessions court on the grounds that police have implicated him in this controversial case.
To analyse the handwriitng of the suicide note, the police have contacted Jiah’s school and college authorities in London where she studied.
A police officer said in order to make sure that the six-page suicide letter was indeed written by Jiah, they will have to conduct handwriting analysis. “We will request the authorities of the school and college in London where she studied to send her exam answer sheets for a thorough analysis of the handwriting. We have also requested the banks in which she holds accounts to send us the forms filled for account opening,” the officer added.