The findings of a forensic report that Mumbai police have strangely ignored so far has raised a strong suspicion that actress Jiah Khan's death could be a case of murder. The Kalina Forensic Laboratory report of August 16, which Jiah's family has now asked the Juhu police team reinvestigating the case to take into account, says that fragments of human flesh were found under Jiah's fingernails and that her underwear had bloods stains, clear signs of struggle before her death.
Jiah was found dead in her Juhu apartment on June 3 this year. According to the police, she hung herself from the ceiling fan in her room. Jiah's mother Rabia Khan, who has all along maintained that her daughter did not commit suicide, has now demanded that her body be exhumed and re-examined. In a letter written to Additional Commissioner of Police (west) Vishwas Nangre Patil, she has accused the police of turning a blind eye to the FSL report and "stage managing" the case. The Juhu police had arrested Jiah's boyfriend Sooraj for abetment a week after her death. He was released on July 2 after the Bombay High Court granted him bail.
Her POS ex, Suraj Pancholi.
Rabia has also submitted independent opinion of Dr RK Sharma, former head of Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, AIIMS, on all the evidence submitted in the case. Dr Sharma's report is scathing in its criticism of how the forensic analysis in the case was carried out and then interpreted by the cops. It notes in its final recommendation the "strong possibility" of Jiah death being "a homicidal hanging."
Her mom has always maintained that Jiah was murdered.
Dr Sharma has expressed shock that the most important piece of evidence - the human tissue and blood caught in Jiah's finger-nails - was not only not properly investigated, but also summarily destroyed later by the investigating team. According to Dr Sharma's interim report, the CFSL analysed the human tissue and blood only for ascertaining blood group, when they should put the sample through DNA testing to identify who they belonged to. Questioning the rationale behind destroying the samples, he says, "Why were samples destroyed when they yielded results for human tissue? It is a gross lapse on behalf of the laboratory."
Dr Sharma, who is a defence witness in the Arushi murder case and has been routinely shredding to pieces CBI's evidence against the accused -- the girl's mother and father -- has also criticised the inordinate delay in forensic analysis of the evidence. "It took them 39 days to analyse the human tissue and blood for a plain blood group test, which takes just five minutes."
Referring FSL report's finding that 300 ml alcohol was found in Jiah's stomach, Dr Sharma's report says that "if that amount of alcohol was found in her body, then she was clearly incapacitated and it is possible for an able-bodied person to hang an incapacitated person."
Rabia's lawyer Dinesh Tiwari said he feels exhuming Jiah's body is crucial to getting to the bottom of the case. "If the police do not decide to exhume the body soon, we will file an application in the court for the same."
I made a post about her death in June. They found a letter after her death, where it seemed like her abusive POS ex-boyfriend drove her to suicide. He was even arrested at one point. Jiah’s mother always claimed she was murdered.
And now this.