Actor Aditya Pancholi and his wife Zarina Wahab have filed a Rs.100 Crore defamation suit against Jiah Khan’s mother Rabia Khan in Bombay High Court. The couple’s son Suraj is facing charges of abetting the suicide of Rabia’s daughter.
Two days back, the High Court, hearing Rabia’s plea, had transferred the probe from Mumbai police to CBI, asking the agency to find out whether it was a case of suicide or homicide.
Pancholis’ filed suit against Rabia was heard by Justice S C Gupte who yesterday asked the plaintiffs to serve a notice on Rabia and posted the matter for further hearing on July 9.
Rabia’s lawyer Dinesh Tiwari told reporters; “So far, we have not got any notice but we know that the suit has been filed and would be heard on Wednesday (July 9).”
The suit, filed by actor couple Aditya, wife Zarina and their daughter Sana, alleged that Rabia, a UK national, had posted slanderous, defamatory and abusive comments on Twitter which had put the Pancholi family in poor light in the eyes of public.
They referred 18 tweets in the suit by Rabia between March 4 and May 1 which it said was defamatory to the Pancholi family.
The suit additionally said that in those 18 tweets, Rabia had allegedly made personal comments about the 3 members of Pancholis.
The suit said that both Aditya and Zarina had been associated with the film industry for 30 years and had earned goodwill in the eyes of public. However, due to attack on them by late Jiah Khan’s mother in her tweets, the family was defamed and several fans, friends and relatives are shocked and disturbed.
The suit says; “An environment of hatred and embarrassment has been created for us and we have been shunned before the right thinking people in society.”
The suit quantifies loss of reputation and goodwill to the Pancholi family at Rs.50 crores, damages for loss of business at Rs.25 crores and harassment at another Rs.25 crores.
Earlier, before filing the suit, the Pancholis had sent a legal notice to Rabia for allegedly making defamatory tweets to which she replied saying she stood by her statements. Rabia further alleged that even the Pancholi family had been making defamatory statements against her.
Rabia also said that the Pancholis were doing this only to deter her from pursuing legal remedies in a court of law against their son Suraj.
Rabia’s daughter actress Jiah Khan was found hanging from the ceiling fan at her Juhu apartment on June 3 last year. She was 25.