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Sooraj Pancholi’s trial not to be halted, says Supreme Court

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | J VENKATESAN
Published May 18, 2016, 3:04 am IST
Updated May 18, 2016, 3:04 am IST
Bombay High Court had initially stayed the trial on February 26, but refused to extend it further.
Sooraj Pancholi is accused of abetting the suicide of his girlfriend-actor Jiah Khan.
 Sooraj Pancholi is accused of abetting the suicide of his girlfriend-actor Jiah Khan.

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to suspend the trial of actor Suraj, accused of abetment to suicide of his former girl friend Jiah Khan on June 3, 2013.

A vacation Bench of Justices Abhay Manohar Sapre and Ashok Bhushan, however, granted liberty to Zia’s mother Rabia Amin to approach the Bombay High Court and said as and when such a petition is filed the High Court should expedite the hearing of the case.

 

Appearing for Rabia, senior counsel Jayant Bhushan argued that Rabia had lost faith in the trial as the trial judge was proceeding with the hearings even in the absence of the special public prosecutor.

The trial court had asked the assistant public prosecutor to argue on Pancholi’s plea for a clean chit despite the fact that the APP had nothing to do with the case and was not prepared to make his submissions.

Counsel urged the court to restrain the trial court from passing any order on discharge petitions when the trial resumes later this month. The Bench, however, refused to entertain the petition.

 

According to Rabia, on her petition for constituting an SIT to conduct further probe, the Bombay High Court had initially stayed the trial on February 26, but refused to extend it further.

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