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Police to record Preity Zinta's detailed statement

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, June 15, 2014
First Published: 16:27 IST(15/6/2014) | Last Updated: 19:05 IST(15/6/2014)

The police are likely to record a detailed statement of Preity Zinta who had in a complaint accused her former boyfriend and industrialist Ness Wadia of physical assault and abuse in May this year.

"On the basis of her complaint, the Marine Drive police station registered an FIR. We will have to record a detailed statement in this regard," said Mumbai deputy commissioner of police Mahesh Patil.

Read: 'People looked away when Ness Wadia abused me'

Since Zinta had left for abroad soon after filing the complaint, the statement will be recorded on her return, as the police believe the statement is important to ascertain the exact sequence of events.

Zinta has alleged that during a match, Wadia came up to her in Garware pavilion of the stadium on May 30, grabbed her hand and abused her in front of spectators.

The police are going through CCTV records to identify the spectators who could corroborate Zinta's allegations, said Patil.

The 39-year-old actor had also alleged that Wadia threatened her with dire consequences and intimidated her by boasting about his political clout and connections.

"Mr Ness Wadia has 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.

The police had on Saturday said they were unable to locate the two spectators they had identified from video footage. The IPL COO Sundar Raman may also be questioned with regard to an earlier incident of abuse as alleged by Zinta.

In an emotional Facebook post titled "From my heart", Zinta said people in the past had looked away when Wadia abused her but she had to report the Wankhede incident as it had "happened in front of way too many people".
 
In her FIR (a copy is with HT) Zinta alleged that besides the public abuse at Wankhede, Wadia had abused her during a player auction in Bengaluru in February. The spat then had gotten so bad that IPL COO Sundar Raman had to intervene, Zinta alleged. "We will be recording the statement of Raman too," a police source said.

The National Commission for Women has also decided to take suo motu cognisance and will conduct an investigation.

Read: The highs and lows of Preity Zinta-Ness Wadia’s troubled relationship

Meanwhile, Wadia has denied all allegations. A source close to him said the industrialist had booked about 14 seats in Garware Pavilion, but had turned angry when he saw his mother Maureen Wadia standing for around 20 minutes as all seats had been occupied by Zinta and her guests.

"Wadia argued with the actor over lack of courtesy being shown to his elderly mother, which has now been twisted and turned into a molestation case," he said.

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