Bollywood actor gets bail in suicide case

Police have been questioning Pancholi about his possible role in girlfriend Jiah Khan's suicide.

File: Bollywood Actress Jiah Khan was found dead in her Mumbai apartment after allegedly committing suicide. Picture: AFP

MUMBAI - Aspiring Bollywood actor Suraj Pancholi left prison on bail on Monday three weeks after being arrested over a possible role in the suicide of his actress girlfriend Jiah Khan.

Pancholi, the son of Bollywood acting couple Aditya Pancholi and Zarina Wahab, was released after a Mumbai court set bail at 50,000 rupees (around R8,300).

Investigators had requested the court for more time to question him about Jiah Khan's death on 3 June. Her last call was to Pancholi.

Pancholi was arrested on 10 June after Khan's mother Rabia went public with a letter apparently written by the 25-year-old actress before she hung herself in her Mumbai apartment.

In the letter, which was widely published in the Indian media, Khan spoke of being physically and emotionally abused and of having an abortion against her will although she did not mention any names.

Police have yet to file any charges against Pancholi.

Suicide is a crime in India and abetting suicide is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Khan, whose real name was Nafisa Khan, made her Bollywood debut in 2007 with Ram Gopal Varma's Nishabd, playing the 18-year-old female lead opposite one of India's best known actors, Amitabh Bachchan.