New Delhi: Bombay High Court on Monday granted bail to Sooraj Pancholi in connection with Jiah Khan suicide case.

Sooraj, 22, arrested on June 10, has been granted bail on a surety of Rs 50,000. The court has directed him to surrender his passport and appear before the Juhu police every alternate day.

"No doubt that it was an unfortunate incident that a young girl has committed suicide. She (Jiah) must have been impulsive and he (Sooraj) cannot be held solely responsible for it," Justice Sadhna Jadhav said.

The court also observed that the letter, purportedly written by Jiah and recovered from her house, could not be taken as a suicide note as it is not addressed to anyone.

The court also held that Sooraj never nurtured an intent or "mens rea" (motive) to push the girl to commit suicide. "She was in the relationship on her own volition. It all depends on the pscyhe of the person. It cannot be ignored that Jiah had suicidal tendencies. Earlier also she had attempted suicide and it was the applicant (Sooraj) who took care of her," Justice Jadhav said.

The deceased's mother was not even aware of this incident, the court added.


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