Preity Zinta-Ness Wadia case: Five witnesses confirm actor`s allegations

Zee Media Bureau/Anindita Dev

New Delhi: Even as the din surrounding the Preity Zinta-Ness Wadia case refuses to die down, it looks like the case might have got some important lead.

In the ongoing tussle between the two former lovers, favour seems to have come for the brave actress.

The Mumbai Police have recorded statements of seven witnesses in relation with the complaint filed by Preity against her business partner and former boyfriend Ness Wadia. Preity registered a case of abusive behaviour and public humiliation against him.

Out of the seven people, five of them have confirmed Preity`s allegations and acknowledged that the incident did indeed take place.

Preity filed a written complaint on June 13 following which an FIR was registered 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 the peace), 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman).

The incident reportedly took place on May 30 during an Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Wankhede stadium in South Mumbai. The match was between Chennai Super Kings and Kings X1 Punjab.

The police want to escalate the case further by recording a complete statement of the 39-year-old actress as soon as she is back from the US, to have a better clarity of the entire scenario.

Preity is likely to record her statement either today or latest by tomorrow.

DNA quoted DCP Ravindra Shisve, who recorded the statement of the people, as saying: "On Friday, we recorded the statement of one more person who was present at Garware Pavilion when the incident occurred. We also got in touch Ranjib Biswal, IPL chairman, to record his statement. He is currently in Australia and has said that he would be coming to Mumbai next week."

However, the police will take action only after everyone has recorded their complete statement.

Ness however has denied the allegations as completely false and baseless.