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HindustanTimes Wed,03 Sep 2014

Cops to step up probe after Preity Zinta's return

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, June 16, 2014
First Published: 11:29 IST(16/6/2014) | Last Updated: 12:22 IST(16/6/2014)

The Mumbai Police are waiting for Bollywood actor and co-owner of Kings XI Punjab, Preity Zinta, to return from abroad before furthering investigation into her complaint of molestation against her ex-boyfriend and industrialist Ness Wadia.

Read: Cops identify two witnesses in Preity Zinta case
 
"We are waiting for Ms Zinta to return from abroad to record her supplementary statement. That will give us clarity into the allegations," Mumbai police commissioner Rakesh Maria said on Sunday when asked about the probe and the possible questioning of Wadia who is reportedly also out of the country. "That situation (questioning of Wadia) has not emerged till now. We want to have a clear picture on what exactly transpired," he said.
 
Maria also made it clear that the police have so far not recorded the statement of any witness in connection with the incident. "Only after she made disclosure about who all were present when the incident occurred, we would identify the witness and record their statement afterwards," he added.

Read: Police to record Preity Zinta's detailed statement
 
Asked whether the CCTV footages obtained by the police had been helpful to the investigation, Maria said that the initial footage given to the police was mostly of the match. "We are in the process of obtaining the footage of the (team) owners' box at the Garware stand where the incident allegedly took place," he added.
 
Meanwhile, sources in the Marine Drive police station said two persons who had witnessed the spat, as claimed by Zinta's lawyer, were 'contacted' on Sunday. "On account of two consecutive holidays, we could not record their statement. Their statement will be recorded on Monday or on Tuesday," sources said.
 
In a written complaint to the police on Thursday, Zinta had alleged that during a match between the King XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings, played at the Wankhade stadium on May 30, Wadia came up to her in the Garware stand, grabbed her by the hand and started hurling abuses in front of others.

The 39-year-old actor has also alleged that Wadia threatened her with dire consequences and intimidated her by boasting about his political clout and connections. "He intimidated me by saying that he could make me disappear as I was nobody and only an actress and he's a powerful person." she alleged. She has also added to the complaint a copy of an e-mail sent by her to Wadia, asking the latter to stay off her during professional appearances.

"An FIR was filed as per the application she had submitted," said Mahesh Patil, Mumbai police spokesperson and deputy commissioner of police. The police have registered an FIR against Wadia under IPC sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman).
 
Meanwhile, in reply to the 24-hour ultimatum given to police by the state women's rights commission on Saturday to arrest Wadia, the police on Sunday wrote back, stating that they would proceed with the investigation further only after obtaining some relevant information from Zinta following her return from abroad.

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