The abetment to suicide case against actor Sooraj Pancholi for the death of actress Jiah Khan, has been reassigned to a special CBI court. On Tuesday, the first hearing was held in the case. Last month, a sessions court said that it did not have the jurisdiction over the case as the CBI had investigated in it. In Tuesday’s session, the actor’s lawyers and CBI reportedly told the special court that they had argued over a plea filed by the agency to further examine some evidence. The special CBI court reportedly asked the parties to present their arguments on August 21.
According to a report in Indian Express, in 2019, the CBI had filed a plea requesting to send evidence to different agencies. They plead to send the dupatta used by Jiah to Central Forensic Science Laboratory in Chandigarh and their cellphones to the FBI in USA to retrieve deleted messages. Sooraj’s lawyers had opposed the plea on the grounds that a similar plea made by Jiah’s mother Rabia Khan was dismissed by the Bombay High Court.