Mumbai: Four more witnesses listed by industrialist Ness Wadia, accused of molesting, abusing Bollywood actress Preity Zinta during an IPL match on 30 May at Wankhede Stadium, have testified before the investigators, denying any arguments between the estranged couple, police said today.
The statements of four more witnesses — Rustom Lawyer, his wife Gia Lawyer, Nicholas Chen and Saumitra Srivastava, who were present in the stadium on 30 May, were recorded yesterday, an officer at Marine Drive police station said.
None of the four corroborated Zinta's claims that Wadia had misbehaved with her before abusing and threatening her on the fateful day, police said. According to police, witness Lawyer, a senior corporate professional, said, "During the match, Ness went up to Preity and had a short conversation with her. Then we (Lawyer and his wife Gia) saw Ness walk away and we could not hear the conversation due to the loud noise in the stadium.
Neither Ness nor Preity seemed upset after their brief conversation and continued watching the match and cheering for their team. Not at any moment did anything appear out of the ordinary."
Gia's testimony was also on the lines of her husband and denied having seen any sort of disagreement or heated exchange of words between Preity and Ness, the officer said. Businessman Nicholas claimed, "Never during the conversation between the two, did I see Ness abuse, shout and touch or grab Zinta's hand.