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Last Updated 31.03.2020 | 7:43 PM IST



Sooraj Pancholi’s plea for return of passport opposed by CBI

By now, all of us are aware of Sooraj Pancholi's ongoing battle regarding the (late) Jiah Khan case. The latest development in the same is that the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) has opposed Sooraj Pancholi's plea to return his passport. The CBI will file a reply to his application today.

Readers may note that Sooraj Pancholi, in order to meet his professional commitments abroad, had moved the Bombay High Court for the return of his passport (which had been deposited with the CBI). Yesterday, Hiten Venegaonkar (CBI Counsel) reasoned Justice Mridula Bhatkar as to why the agency opposed to the passport's return. And the reason cited was that Sooraj Pancholi had not disclosed the itinerary, the purpose and place of his travel.

The Court, on its part, stated that the offence was on Indian land and was being tried under the Indian Penal Code. Justice Bhatkar asked them to allow the foreign agencies do their investigation. The Bench also questioned that since the case was under IPC 306 (abetment to suicide) and neither involved foreign exchange nor was a customs-related offence, why was the passport required for IPC 306.

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