Actor couple Aditya Pancholi and Zarina Wahab, whose son Suraj is facing charges of abetting the suicide of actress Jiah Khan, have filed a Rs 100 crore defamation suit in the Bombay High Court against Rabbiya Khan, the mother of the deceased.
The suit, filed by Aditya, wife Zarina and daughter Sana, alleged that Rabia, a UK national, had posted slanderous, defamatory and abusive comments on Twitter which had put the Pancholi family in poor light in the eyes of the society.
The suit referred to 18 tweets at Twitter.com posted by Rabia between March 4 and May 1 which it said were defamatory to the Pancholis. It said in these 18 tweets, Rabia had allegedly made personal comments about the three members of Pancholi family. As a result, a n environment of hatred and embarrassment has been created for us and we have been shunned before the right thinking people in society.
The suit quantifies loss of reputation and goodwill to the Pancholi family at Rs. 50 crore, damages for loss of business at Rs. 25 crore and harassment at another Rs. 25 crore.
Earlier, before filing the suit, the Pancholis had sent a legal notice to Rabia for allegedly making defamatory tweets to which she replied saying she stood by her statements.