The ongoing Jiah Khan's suicide case had the Pancholis and Jiah's mother, Rabia Khan, attend another hearing on Wednesday. Sooraj Pancholi, Aditya Pancholi, Zarina Wahab and sister, Sana, turned the Bombay High Court against Rabia when they filed a contempt petition against her. The petition was filed in order to restrain Rabia from making any defamatory statements/remarks against them in front of the media or on social media. The matter was up for hearing on 22nd December 2016 but has been postponed due to time constraints. The next hearing will be in January 2017 after the Christmas and New Year holidays. Lawyers from both the sides spoke to a leading entertainment publication.
Sooraj Pancholi's lawyer, Prashant Patil sad," 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 and hence, the notice of motion was disposed off in favour of the Pancholis. 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 a few weeks ago. Looking at the sensitivity of the matter, we were provided a production date when we asked for it on Wednesday (December 21, 2016). The proceedings couldn't happen on Thursday, but will happen as soon as the court reopens in January 2017. We are seeking relief against her. Rabia must publicly apologise for this, if found guilty by the court. Our stand is simple: whatever the verdict in the entire matter, one must have faith in the law. No one has the right to defame the other. Unlawful language is not permissible, whatever the merits of the case." (ALSO READ: Jiah Khan death case: An angry Sooraj Pancholi SPEAKS UP, says he just wants to end this pain)
While Pancholi's lawyer have accused Rabia of making defamatory remarks, Rabia's lawyer, Swapnil Ambure says," 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." Jiah Khan was found hanging in her apartment in 2013 with a suicide note. We'll have to wait until next year to find out how the case has been progressing.
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