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HindustanTimes Fri,19 Sep 2014

Preity Zinta's complaint: Cops to record statements of KXIP players

Debashish Panigrahi and Vijay Kumar Yadav, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, June 18, 2014
First Published: 00:59 IST(18/6/2014) | Last Updated: 01:01 IST(18/6/2014)

The Mumbai police are likely to record the statement of some players of Kings XI Punjab in connection with their ongoing probe into the allegations made by the team’s co owner and actor Preity Zinta against her former boyfriend Ness Wadia, alleging attempt to outrage her modesty, use of abusive language and threatening her.

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A senior police officer supervising the probe told HT on Tuesday that as per Zinta’s allegations, the tormenting by Ness Wadia was not only restricted to the VIP box, but spilled to the field after the match. Many players of the team reportedly witnessed the incident.  “We will choose the players whose statement will be recorded after Zinta identifies them,” said the officer.

Zinta has told in the complaint that Wadia first shouted on team staff and then abused her after she intervened. She left for her seat, when Wadia followed her and allegedly pulled her hand and abused her.

The police have sought details from the Kings XI Punjab Chief operating officer (COO) on the players present when the alleged incident took place, a source said. Police are  relooking the sections applied in the case. Policemen were on Tuesday instructed by senior officials to go through Zinta’s complaint again and if it is case of 354-D (stalking), then section 354 should be changed to 354-D.

Police have so far collected five CCTV camera feeds and footages. Three of them have been examined so far but it does not show any argument between Zinta and Wadia, an official said.

Zinta had allegedly complained about her former boyfriend Ness Wadia’s behavior to IPL Chief Operating Officer (COO), Sundar Raman twice. Police sources said that Zinta has also verbally communicated about the incident to IPL chairman Ranjit Biswal, who may be questioned on it.

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