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HindustanTimes Fri,25 Jul 2014

Cops ask Preity Zinta to record her statement in three days

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, June 16, 2014
First Published: 21:24 IST(16/6/2014) | Last Updated: 13:37 IST(17/6/2014)

The Marine Drive police have written to actor Preity Zinta’s lawyer to ask her to be available before the investigators within three days for recording her statement as the complaint given by her is not elaborate. The police on Monday also took the footage of four CCTV cameras from Wankhede stadium.

“We have asked the actor to be available before the investigator to record her detailed statement,” said Ravindra Shisve, deputy commissioner of police, zone 1.



On June 12, Zinta had registered a case against her former boyfriend and industrialist Ness Wadia alleging he had molested, abused and threatened her on May 30 during an Indian Premier League match at Wankhede. Preity had given a written complaint, which police treated as her first statement, and registered a first information report (FIR). But her complaint does not mention the exact spot and sequences of events.

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“The Garware pavilion is a huge stand and comprises three rows. The uppermost row has corporate boxes attached to a staircase. We are not sure exactly where the incident took place. Hence, to get clarity on the incident, police want to record her detailed statement,” a senior official said.

The actor has mentioned in her complaint: “I left for my seat, but he (Wadia) came up to me at my seat and started screaming and abusing me in front of everyone.” The officer said: “We want to know where she was sitting and who are these people she is referring to.”

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 A few news channels claimed in one of the footages, which is quite blurred, Zinta and Wadia are seen having an argument. However, a senior official confirmed to HT the person is not Wadia. He is a BCCI official, with whom Zinta is making an inquiry about the seating arrangements, the official said.

Another senior officer said that no statement of any witnesses has been registered so far.

Read: Mumbai police launch probe in Preity Zinta 'molestation' case

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