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Jiah's mother to contest abetment charge against Sooraj

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A week after the Mumbai Police chargesheeted actor Sooraj Pancholi for allegedly abetting suicide of his girlfriend Jiah Khan, her mother is set to move the Bombay high court seeking direction to police to consider the material given by her which indicated she was murdered.

Jiah Khan was found hanging from the ceiling at her Juhu residence on June 3 last year. She was 25 at the time of her death and had earned fame for acting in films such as Nishabd. The 447-page chargesheet was filed by the police before the Andheri magistrate court.

"There was no evidence to show that Jiah was killed. We have gone into the material given by her mother but have not found any evidence to support the theory that it was a case of murder," a top police officer said.

While the police have been treating the death as a case of suicide, the actor's mother has all along insisted that she was murdered.

In support of her claim that Jiah was murdered, Rabiya said human tissues found in her nails indicated struggle before death. However, police have said the tissues were Jiah's own, while ruling out murder.

Rabiya said, "We will be contesting the charges mentioned in the chargesheet as I believe my daughter has been murdered and it is not a case of suicide."

After Jiah's death, her mother had handed over a six-page letter reportedly written by Jiah before her death. The letter showed the tumultuous nature of relationship between Jiah and her boyfriend Sooraj, son of actor Aditya Pancholi and Zarina Wahab.

The police had arrested him under section 306 (abetment to suicide) of the Indian Penal Code on June 10. He was subsequently granted bail by the Bombay high court.

In October, Rabiya filed a petition in Bombay high court alleging that Jiah might have been killed following which police recorded statement of some of the witnesses again. The police did not find anything incriminating and ruled out Rabia's contention.