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Jun 21, 2013 at 06:16pm IST

Jiah Khan case: Mumbai court rejects Suraj Pancholi's bail plea

Mumbai: The bail plea of actor Suraj Pancholi, who was arrested in connection with the suicide case of his actress girlfriend Jiah Khan, was rejected by a Mumbai court on Friday.

The court rejected the bail after the prosecution opposed it on the ground that investigations had reached a crucial stage and his release may hamper the probe. In his bail plea, Suraj, lodged in Arthur Road Central jail in Mumbai since June 10, contended the complainant and Jiah's mother, Rabiyah Khan, were seeking revenge for reasons best known to them.

The bail application, filed through his lawyer CK Talekar, also alleged Rabiyah was "misusing" Jiah's letter which was found four days after her suicide at her house on June 3 in Mumbai. Police had arrested Suraj, son of Aditya Pancholi and Zarina Wahab, on the basis of this letter. They claimed the letter was "incriminating" against Suraj as Jiah blamed him for her downslides in life.

Jiah Khan case: Court rejects Suraj Pancholi's bail plea

The prosecution opposed Suraj's bail plea saying the investigation has reached a crucial stage and his release may hamper the probe.

However, Suraj's bail plea contended the five-page letter cannot be written before committing suicide. Moreover, it was not addressed to him and does not carry his name. The Andheri magistrate's court had earlier remanded Suraj in judicial custody after rejecting the police's application for custody. Thereafter, he filed the bail application. Jiah's letter alleged she was "heartbroken" in her relationship with Suraj and was fed up with his "womanising".

(With additional information from PTI)