Thursday, June 19, 2014

Cops expect Zinta statement by this weekend, says Maria


Mumbai: The probe in Preity Zinta's complaint against former boyfriend Ness Wadia is set to progress with the police chief saying the actor's lawyers have said she would meet the cops by this weekend. Zinta had left for the US after filing the complaint, accusing Wadia of molestation and abuse at the Wankhede Stadium during an IPL match, last Friday.

“She needs to be given a 48hour notice as it would take time to return from Los Angeles where she currently is,'' a source close to the actor said. Her legal team confirmed that Zinta is in touch with the police.

“We have been told by Zinta's lawyer that she will be coming to the police station by this weekend.
Once her detailed statement is recorded, we will call the witnesses,“ said police commissioner Rakesh Maria. No witness has come forward to give a statement yet. “We have asked Sundar Raman, IPL COO, to give his statement.

He is in Chennai and has assured us he will come soon,“ added Maria. In her complaint, Zinta had claimed that Wadia, co-owner of IPL team Kings XI Punjab with her, had also misbehaved with her during the IPL auction and Raman had intervened.

Reacting to reports about a possible out-of-court settlement with Zinta keen to sell her stake in the IPL team, a Wadia group spokesperson said it was “all speculative fiction“. Advocate Hitesh Jain, Zinta's lawyer, also declined to comment on the “speculation“.

The police have sought details of cameras installed in and around Garware Pavilion in Wankhe de, where Zinta had said she was abused, threatened and humiliated during the IPL match, and asked for footage captured by cameras of a television channel.

In all, the channel had installed 19 cameras in the stadium. “We have asked them to provide images from all the cameras. Besides, the police have also asked for more camera images from the stadium authorities,“ said Maria. As many as 220 cameras are installed at Wankhede.
(Inputs by Swati Deshpande)

The Times of India, June 19, 2014

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