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Jiah Khan committed suicide, CBI concludes
The CBI has concluded in its charge-sheet that US-born actress Jiah Khan committed suicide on June 3, 2013 following a disturbed relationship with actor Sooraj Pancholi.
 
"The Board of Forensic Medicine Experts has opined that the death was 'suicidal' in nature which corroborated the observation and opinion of the post-mortem doctor," the CBI said on Wednesday, after a thorough scientific examination of the documents and material evidence in the case.
 
Moreover, the Forensic Statement Analysis of the (suicide) note, written by Jiah Khan, had opined that the unsigned three-pager note "allegedly represents her mental status genuinely and the circumstance and reasons behind her suicide," the CBI said.
 
Sooraj Pancholi, the son of actors Aditya Pancholi and Zarina Wahab, has been booked under section 306 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for abetment to suicide while murder has been ruled out.
 
Emphasising the charge against Sooraj, the CBI said: "The willful conduct of the accused, narrated in the note of Nafisa Rizvi alias Jiah Khan, and her intimate relationship, physical abuse, mental and physical torture by Sooraj, which she experienced allegedly led the deceased to commit suicide."
 
Jiah, 25, who was reportedly four-weeks pregnant and had allegedly aborted the foetus before she took the extreme step, had met Sooraj through Facebook in 2012 and their friendship blossomed into an intimate relationship.
 
That day (June 3, 2013), Jiah had left Sooraj's home where she had stayed with him for two-three days.
 
She and Sooraj had a bitter exchange of words on their mobile phones with she accusing him of lying about his 'meeting with a common lady friend'.
 
Enraged by her continuous messages in this connection, Sooraj deleted Jiah's BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) account from his mobile, the CBI said.
 
Later, Jiah called him at midnight and another verbal duel occurred between them which lasted for around 400 pulses, and he had sent certain "abusive and accusatory" text messages from his mobile to her.
 
When her mother Rabiya returned home, she found Jiah hanging from the bedroom ceiling fan and informed the police.
 
In October 2013, Rabiya had petitioned the Bombay High Court, alleging that her daughter had been murdered and demanded a CBI probe into the matter.
 
Earlier, in Jan. 2014, the Juhu police station had filed its 447-page charge-sheet before the Andheri magistrate court and six months later the case was transferred to CBI which lodged a separate case on Aug. 13, 2014.
 
In a disclaimer of sorts, the CBI said that the findings were based on investigations done and evidence collected by it. Under Indian laws, the accused is presumed to be innocent till their guilt is finally established after a fair trial.
 
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Salman Khan acquitted in 2002 accident case
The Bombay High Court on Thursday acquitted Bollywood megastar Salman Khan of all charges in the September 28, 2002 hit-and-run case.
 
Delivering the much-awaited verdict, Justice A.R. Joshi said that the actor "cannot be convicted" on the basis of the evidence produced by the prosecution in the 13-year old case and trial.
 
Virtually dismissing the prosecution case, Justice Joshi said the "prosecution failed to establish the charges (against Khan) on all counts" and that "it had failed to prove that Salman was drunk or driving" at the time of the accident, which left one pavement dweller dead and four others injured.
 
Demolishing the police investigations completely, Justice Joshi's verdict came in Khan's appeal challenging his conviction and five-year sentence by the Sessions Court on May 6.
 
Khan, clad in a dark-checked shirt and jeans, heard out the verdict without emotions after he rushed here from a shooting schedule in Karjat, adjacent Raigad district following the court's directive.
 
Most family members, including his father Salim Khan, his sisters, brothers, friends and fans were present when the judgement was pronounced.
 
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Vaibhav Dhoka

1 year ago

The verdict was known when Mumbai High-court suspended conviction with lighting speed.Advocate Abha Singh outspoken about quality of judgement and why judges should stand to scrutiny.The quality of justice is falling fast.High profile cases should be dropped at admission level as outcome is prefixed.This may cause loss to some judges.

US seeking common ground with India to clinch climate deal
Starting with President Barack Obama, the US is making a concerted effort to seek common ground with India with assurances to help countries adapt to the impacts of climate change, says the White House.
 
It "is quite entirely unfair to the Indians" to "describe them as the biggest obstacle" to a climate change deal, White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters Wednesday. "Anytime you negotiate an agreement with more than 180 countries, there are going to be a lot of issues to work through," he noted.
 
"But there's no denying that there has been a concerted effort on the part of the United States, starting at the level of the President, but also including the rest of our negotiating team to seek common ground with the Indians," Earnest said.
 
The US also sought "to reassure them about our commitment to investments moving forward and helping countries adapt to the impacts of climate change."
 
It also wanted to make "sure that those countries are demonstrating a commitment of their own to reducing carbon polluting, and joining the rest of the world in the fight against climate change," Earnest said.
 
Asked if Obama in his call Tuesday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi previewed a proposal by Secretary of State John Kerry to expand the amount of money available to developing nations, the official said he didn't have a more detailed readout of their call.
 
But "I can tell you that, in general, that US support both in the public sector and the private sector for efforts to assist countries as they adapt to the impacts of climate change is something that President Obama and Prime Minister Modi have discussed extensively over the last several weeks and months."
 
"This was something that was discussed extensively when the President sat down face-to-face with Prime Minister Modi just last week when they were both in Paris," he said. "So I wouldn't be surprised if it came up in their conversation."
 
Given its commitment "to those kinds of investments," Earnest said: "We want to make sure that there is also a commitment on the part of the Indians and the other 180 or so countries that have showed up to Paris to make serious down payments on cutting carbon pollution."
 
"A commitment to doing that is not automatically in direct conflict with the kind of economic priorities that many of those countries have identified for themselves," he said.
 
Earlier at a New York Times Energy for Tomorrow Event in Paris, Kerry described Modi as "a really interesting leader who is appropriately seized by technology and by the possibilities, and he faces this enormous challenge also."
 
"India, a very poor country, has an enormous challenge of bringing Indians in to the modern economy," he noted.
 
"Their baseline needs for energy production to keep their economy going are what they are. And he doesn't have the luxury of cutting that off and then still growing and moving."
 
"So we've got to help," Kerry said. "Everybody has to help. And there are ways we think we can help - technology transfer, adaptation, mitigation."
 
"There are things we can do. We really want a joint venture, work with India to try to do it just as we are with China."
 
"We have an obligation, I think, to try to do that, and we're trying to work through the modality of how do you present that, what's appropriate, what can we do politically and what can we do substantively. And we're trying to get there," Kerry said.
 
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