Hearing Rabia’s plea, the High Court had two days back transferred the probe from Mumbai police to the CBI, asking the investigating agency to find out whether it was a case of suicide or homicide. (Agencies)
The suit, filed by Pancholis, was heard by Justice S C Gupte, who asked the plaintiffs to serve a notice on Rabia and posted the matter for further hearing on July 9.
"So far, we have not got any notice but we know that the suit has been filed and would be heard on Wednesday,” said Rabia's lawyer Dinesh Tiwari.
The suit filed by Aditya, his wife Zarina and daughter Sana, alleged that Rabia, a UK national, had posted slanderous, defamatory and abusive comments on Twitter which had put Pancholi family in poor light before the society.
The suit referred to 18 tweets posted by Rabia between March 4 and May 1. It said Rabia had allegedly made personal comments about the three members of Pancholi family in these 18 tweets.
The suit said that both Aditya and Zarina had been associated with the film industry for 30 years and had earned goodwill in the society. However, due to Rabia’s criticism in her tweets, the family was defamed and several fans, relatives and friends are ‘shocked and disturbed’.
"An environment of hatred and embarrassment has been created for us and we have been shunned before the right thinking people in society," says the suit.
The suit quantifies loss of reputation and goodwill to Pancholi family at Rs 50 crore, damages for loss of business at Rs 25 crore and harassment at another Rs 25 crore.
Pancholis had earlier before filing the suit sent a legal notice to Rabia for allegedly making defamatory tweets. The deceased’s mother had replied to the legal notice, saying she stood by her statements. Rabia further alleged that even Pancholi family had been making defamatory statements against her.
Rabia also said that Pancholis were doing this only to deter her from pursuing legal remedies in a court of law against their son Suraj.
Jiah, 25, was found hanging from a ceiling fan at her Juhu home on June 3 last year. The police suspected that she had committed suicide after Suraj, with whom she had a live-in relationship, broke up with her.
Hearing Rabia’s plea, the High Court had two days back transferred the probe from Mumbai police to the CBI, asking the investigating agency to find out whether it was a case of suicide or homicide.