Mumbai : Actress Preity Zinta arrived in Mumbai from the US on Sunday, more than a week after she filed a case against her former boyfriend and Kings XI Punjab co-owner Ness Wadia for allegedly molesting, threatening and abusing her.
On June 12, Zinta, a coowner of Kings XI Punjab, had lodged a complaint with the Marine Drive police alleging that Wadia, also an owner of the IPL team, had publicly insulted, abused and outraged her modesty at the Wankhede Stadium on May 30. She later told the police about two witnesses. With the help of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the police identified Kanaujiya and Merchant. Wadia has maintained that the complaint against him was ‘false and baseless.’
A senior officer supervising the case, lodged with the Marine Drive police, told HT that Zinta came by a Jet Airways flight from London. She was immediately whisked away through a special exit to keep her away from the media which had gathered in large numbers outside the arrival lounge.
A senior police official told HT that the two, Jay Kanaujiya and Danish Merchant, confirmed their presence at the spot of the alleged incident. “In their statement, they said they had seen Zinta and Wadia having a heated argument,” a senior officer said.
Apart from Raman, Kanaujiya and Merchant, the police have so far recorded the statements of BCCI official Ankit Baldi and three women who were posted as hospitality staff at the Garware Pavilion by the BCCI, the police said. One of them recorded her statement on Friday.
“Their accounts are important because they are common friends of the complainant and Wadia and their statements are in the affirmative,” the officer said.