Preity-Ness case: police look for independent witnesses

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Jun 26, 2014 14:03 IST

The Marine Drive police are recording the statements of witnesses identified by actor Preity Zinta, who was allegedly molested and abused by her former boyfriend and industrialist Ness Wadia on May 30, but they aren’t solely relying on their testimonies.

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The police say to take action against Wadia, they need independent witnesses to corroborate the incident. All those who have been identified so far are friends or acquaintances of the actor, they said. A senior police officer told HT on Wednesday that an independent witness confirming the incident will help decide the course of action against Wadia.

“So far, we have found or recorded statement of witnesses who were identified by Zinta. They are mostly her friends or acquaintances. To get some clarification on the incident, we need to have people who are close to neither of the two parties [Zinta and Wadia],” the officer said.

The officer said the witnesses whose statements have been recorded so far consist of direct and indirect witnesses. “Zinta’s friends present with her at the match are the direct witnesses, and the BCCI members who were informed about the incident are the indirect ones. Though the officials are independent witnesses, they were not actually present at the time,” he said, adding they have no CCTV footage of the argument between Zinta and Wadia.

No one has approached the police so far. “We are trying to find witnesses, as they will be crucial in establishing the facts,” the officer said.

Meanwhile, following Zinta’s visit to Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday, the police have prepared a fresh list of witnesses and are calling them to record their statements. “The investigating officer wants to record the statement of three-four key witnesses,” said Ravindra Shisve, deputy commissioner of police, zone 1.

The police also asked Zinta about the emails she had sent to Wadia earlier this year. “The actor said she had warned Wadia through the emails not to misbehave with her. He, however, had not replied to them,” another officer said.

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