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Don't proceed with trial in Jiah case: HC tells lower court

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The today asked a lower here not to proceed with the trial in the suicide case of actor Jiah Khan till it hears and decides a filed by the challenging the government's decision to appoint a special public prosecutor in the case.

"This is a matter that involves two agencies (the police and the CBI). There are larger issues involved. The high will have to consider if the can appoint a special prosecutor in a case where the prosecuting agency is the CBI," Justice A K Menon.

counsel Hiten Venegaonkar told the that the trial was not even allowing the prosecutor to argue or say something after the special prosecutor was appointed.

"The special prosecutor appointed is the same lawyer who represented the victim's mother, Rabia Khan, in her against the probe in the case," Venegaonkar said.

"This issue will require consideration... Can the state impose a special prosecutor on the " Justice Menon asked.

"We request the advocate general to appear in the matter next week. Till the next date of hearing, the sessions shall not proceed with the case before it," he directed.

Jiah had committed suicide on June 3, 2013.

Her boyfriend, actor Sooraj, was arrested for abetting her suicide on June 10, 2013, but released on July 2 the same year after the high granted him bail.

The case was transferred to the by high in July 2014 on Rabia's that the police was not probing it properly.

However, when the filed a charge sheet in the case and booked Sooraj on abetment charges, Rabia again petitioned the seeking a special investigation team (SIT) to be set up to probe the case afresh.

Rabia was against the CBI's concurrence with the findings of Mumbai police that it was a case of suicide and not a homicide.

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First Published: Mon, June 19 2017. 18:07 IST