Defamation case: Rabiya Khan seeks a week to replay

The hearing on Aditya Pancholi’s defamation suit against Rabiya Khan, late actor Jiah Khan’s mother was held on 9th July at the Bombay High Court. On Wednesday the matter came up in front of justice SC Gupte. Rabiya Khan’s lawyer Swapnil requested the court to give his client time to prepare a proper reply. Counsels Prashant Patil and Jay Prakash Sen who were representing the Pancholi’s did not object to  the plea but pointed out the fact that on two previous occasions Rabiya Khan had refused to accept legal notice from the Pancholis. After hearing from both sides, justice Gupte granted one week time to Rabiya Khan to file her response to the 100 crores defamation suit. The case will again come up for hearing on 16th July.

Two weeks ago actor Aditya Pancholi and his wife and daughter Zarina Wahab and Sana Pancholi had filed a defamation suit against Rabiya Khan worth 100 crores. In the petition it was alleged that Rabiya has hurt the Pancholis’ image in the public eye by posting several defamatory and insulting comments on the social networking site Twitter. In the petition the Pancholis’ said, “An environment of hatred and embarrassment has been created for us and we have been shunned before the right thinking people in society."  For loss of goodwill the family demanded Rs. 50 crores and also sought Rs. 25 crores for harassment and 25 crores for business damages, making the total amount to 100 crores.   Between March 4 and May 1, 18 such derogatory posts were made by Rabiya. Hostility between the two sides has grown ever since Aditya’s son Suraj Pancholi was arrested on charges of abetting the suicide of actor Jiah Khan. However, Aditya Pancholi has been claiming from the beginning that his son Suraj is innocent and has been framed.

On 3rd June 2013, 25 year old actor Jiah Khan was found hanging from the ceiling of her home in Mumbai’s Juhu area. Her mother and sister were not at home at that time. Her sister later found a six page note in which Jiah contemplated suicide and also mentioned a recent abortion. On 10th June 2013, Suraj Pancholi who was said to be in a live-in relation with the actor at that time was arrested for allegedly abetting the suicide of Jiah. But her mother Rabiya Khan claimed that her daughter’s death was not suicide but murder. Bombay High Court transferred the investigation of her death to the CBI, following an appeal made by Rabiya.