Adding a fresh twist to the sensational death of actor Jiah Khan, a British forensic expert has concluded that her hanging was staged and the marks on her face and neck indicate it's not a simple case of suicide, reports TOI.
Jason Payne-James's findings, which were studied by Mumbai Mirror, contradict Indian experts' report on Jiah's death. Mirror also says that Jiah‚Äôs mother, Rabia, will submit the report with a city sessions court hearing the trial.
The CBI had earlier ruled out murder in the case.
Jiah was found hanged in her Juhu apartment on June 3, 2013. Rabia says the Jiah did not kill herself. Jiah was dating Sooraj Pancholi, Aditya Pancholi‚Äôs son at the time of her death.
Last year, Sooraj was charged with abetment to suicide.
‚ÄúPayne-James studied the medical and post-mortem reports, analysed photographs of Jiah's body and reviewed CCTV grabs and pictures of her room for his investigation.
The state's forensic experts had said the injury marks on Jiah's lower lip were probably the result of "friction with the teeth during the commission of the act [suicide]". But Payne-James has said the injuries "represent either abrasions or bruises", and are indicative of "blunt force trauma to the mouth region (for example punching or a hand placed over the mouth)".
"In terms of their site and appearance, they are not typical of teeth marks," the report states.‚ÄĚ