Suraj walks out of Arthur Road jail

Three weeks after his arrest, Suraj Pancholi, was released from prison on Tuesday after the Bombay High Court granted him bail.

Suraj walked out of the Arthur Road Jail in central Mumbai at about 5 pm in the evening. His family members had been busy in completing all official formalities. On Monday, HC had observed that the 22-year-old can't be held solely responsible for the "impulsive" act of his actress-girlfriend, Jiah Khan.

"No doubt it was unfortunate that a young girl has committed suicide. She (Jiah) must have been impulsive and he (Sooraj) cannot be held solely responsible for it," Justice Sadhna Jadhav had observed.

Sooraj, arrested on June 10 on the charge of abetment of suicide, had been granted bail on a surety of Rs.50,000. The court directed him to surrender his passport and appear before the Juhu police every alternate day.

The HC had observed the letter (on the basis of which Sooraj was arrested), could not be taken as a suicide note as it is not addressed to anyone and was undated. "Therefore, it cannot be said the emotions expressed in the letter ever reached the applicant (Suraj)," Justice Jadhav said.

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