Jiah Khan case: Pancholi family files contempt petition against Rabia Khan

Sooraj Pancholi’s family has filed a contempt petition against deceased actress Jiah Khan’s mother Rabia Khan, at the Bombay High Court. The ‘Hero’ actors father Aditya Pancholi, his wife Zarina Wahab and their daughter Sana moved the court on December 21 seeking to restrain Rabia from making defamatory remarks against them on social platform and other mass media.

Sooraj Pancholi is accused of abetting the suicide of Jiah who was found was found hanging in her Mumbai home on June 3, 2013. Although the Mumbai Police and then the CBI have booked Sooraj for Jiah’s suicide, her mother holds that it was a murder case and alleged that the investigating agencies have failed to conduct proper investigation into the case.

The actor’s family in their petition mentioned that Rabia uses a Twitter account which is followed by over 35000 people. They have alleged that Rabia "has been indulging in passing lewd remarks and using foul and abusing language against the Petitioners and their entire family upon various social media sites along with electronic and print media defaming the reputation and good will of the Petitioners by such libelous and slanderous remarks (sic)."

The Pancholis have appealed that Rabia "be punished in accordance with law" and be directed to withdraw the mentioned (in the petition) defamatory statements from the internet and make "a personal as well as a public apology on social, print and television media."

Advocate Prashant Patil, who represents the Pancholis, was quoted by a daily as saying, "The Rs 100-crore defamation suit was filed a couple of years ago. Rabia had given her word to the court, through her counsel, that she will not use any defamatory language on any social media or print media platforms. But her interviews and tweets haven't quite stopped. In fact, they were found to be quite defamatory, which compelled the Pancholis to file a Contempt of Court petition.

On the other hand, Rabia’s counsel Advocate Swapnil Ambure said, "There is no substance in their (Pancholis') petition. The lady has only been seeking fair investigation in the matter. And, they have not been able to show what the defamatory material is. As per us, this is nothing but a way of deviating from the main matter."

The matter was up for hearing on Thursday (December 22), but couldn't be heard during the business hours. It's expected to be taken up when the court reopens after the Christmas and New Year holidays.