A court in India remanded the boyfriend of the late Bollywood actress Jiah Khan in custody on Tuesday over accusations that his behaviour had helped drive her to commit suicide.

Suraj Pancholi, a 22-year-old aspiring actor, was brought before a court in Mumbai after police arrested him on Monday for “abetment to commit suicide”, a week after his girlfriend’s body was discovered at her home. Additional Police Commissioner Vishwas Nangre-Patil told AFP that the charge was based on the contents of a suicide note found at Khan’s Mumbai and from a statement by her mother.

Jiah Khan


Khan, who made her debut starring opposite acting legend Amitabh Bachchan, was found dead in an apparent suicide on June 3. The 25-year-old’s parents found a suicide note in her wallet which reports said contained details of her troubled relationship with Pancholi. India’s film industry reacted with shock and sadness to her death, with superstar Aamir Khan saying he was “deeply pained”.

Pancholi has been taking acting lessons and was set to make his own film debut, having signed to feature in the Salman Khan movie “Hero”. He has previously worked as an assistant director.

Pancholi was remanded in custody by the court until June 13.


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