BOMBAY HIGH COURT STAYED SESSIONS COURT PROCEEDINGS IN JIAH KHAN CASE :

The Bombay High Court on Monday stayed sessions court proceedings into the 2013 abetment to suicide case of actor Jiah Khan, for a week. Justice A K Menon granted the stay on a plea made by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) which opposed the appointment of Dinesh Tiwari as its special public prosecutor by the state.   Justice Menon said the issue requires consideration and sought the presence of advocate general Ashutosh Kumbhakoni in the matter on the next date.   The CBI counsel Hiten Venegaonkar said Tiwari was appointed by the state when the police was investigating the matter but he could not appear as prosecutor for CBI. He said appointments of the CBI prosecutor are made under the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act and Government of India rules, not by the state. Venegaonkar also said Tiwari had earlier represented Rabiya Khan, Jiah‘s mother, in the HC and the trial court.   Subhash Jha, counsel for Rabiya, argued the CBI plea is not maintainable and opposed a stay saying that there was no urgency.   Jiah, best remembered for her roles in films like Ghajini and Nishabd, allegedly hanged herself at home on June 3, 2013, after which her boyfriend actor Sooraj Pancholi was arrested and charged with abetment to suicide. He was later released on bail. In July 2014, the HC transferred the probe to the CBI on a petition filed by Rabiya, who alleged the death was murder. In December 2015, the CBI filed a chargesheet ruling out murder.   The Times  of  India : 20th. June,17

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