The boyfriend of tragic Bollywood actress Jiah Khan has been granted bail after officials decided he could not be "solely" blamed for her suicide. Aspiring actor Sooraj Pancholi, the son of Indian stars Aditya Pancholi and Zarina Wahab, was arrested on 10 June (13) amid allegations his behaviour drove Khan to take her own life a week earlier.
The claims related to a six-page letter Khan's mother found at her daughter's home in Mumbai, India, which allegedly included accusations of abuse and infidelity, and suggested the star was forced to have an abortion against her will.
However, 22-year-old Pancholi was granted bail on Monday (01Jul13), with the Bombay High Court declaring in a judgment, "No doubt that it was an unfortunate incident that a young girl has committed suicide. She must have been impulsive and he cannot be held solely responsible for it."
The ruling also acknowledged Khan had made a previous suicide bid, adding, "She was in the relationship on her own volition. It all depends on the psyche of the person. It cannot be ignored that Jiah had suicidal tendencies. Earlier also she had attempted suicide, and it was the applicant (Pancholi) who took care of her."
Pancholi has been ordered to surrender his passport and must report to the police every other day.
The boyfriend of tragic Bollywood actress Jiah Khan has been ordered to remain behind bars after his bail hearing was adjourned until next week (21Jun13). Aspiring actor Sooraj Pancholi, the son of Indian stars Aditya Pancholi and Zarina Wahab, was arrested on Monday (10Jun13) amid allegations he played a part in driving Khan to suicide on 3 June (13).
The claims relate to a six-page letter Khan's mother found at her daughter's Mumbai home containing accusations of abuse and infidelity, including suggestions she was forced to have an abortion against her will.
Pancholi was remanded in custody during his first court appearance on Tuesday (11Jun13), but his jail stay has now been extended after a judge adjourned his bail hearing on Friday (14Jun13) until 21 June (13), reports Reuters.
Official charges have yet to be filed against Pancholi, but he is being held on suspicion of abetting Khan's suicide, which could land him up to 10 years behind bars.
Bollywood actress Jiah Khan has been found dead at her home in Mumbai, India. Police are investigating the 25-year-old's death as a possible suicide and are seeking information from her neighbours. No further details about her passing were available as WENN went to press.
Khan made her debut in 2007 opposite Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan, and has also shared the screen with stars including Aamir Khan and Akshay Kumar.
She was born in New York and raised in London, before relocating to Mumbai to carve out an acting career.
Her passing has sent shockwaves through the Bollywood industry, with Bachchan writing in a post on his Twitter.com page, "What...!!! Jiah Khan? What has happened? Is this correct? Unbelievable!"
Actress Dia Mirza added, "RIP... (Jiah) Khan. You were too young and beautiful..."