Thursday, June 26, 2014

Cops to summon Ness only after matching statements







Mumbai: Police will record industrialist Ness Wadia’s statement only after corroborating Preity Zinta’s statement with that of witnesses, said an officer. Ness is likely to be summoned next week, the officer added. Zinta in her June 13 FIR had alleged that Ness, her former boyfriend of eight years and co-owner of IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab, had humiliated, abused and threatened her at an IPL match on May 30 at Wankhede stadium. 
“We have recorded Zinta’s statement on Tuesday and we are waiting for camera footage of the incident from broadcasters. We feel the broad casters’ cameras might have captured some evidence. We are also calling other witnesses and corroborating the statements. We will then summon Ness,” said another officer.

“We also plan to send an email to one of the witnesses—Jean, an Australian national—that Zinta has named. We will be send him a list of questions as Zinta said he had intervened. Jean was Zinta’s guest,” said the officer. The Marine Drive police have, so far, recorded statements of eight witnesses. While the police are trying to get each and every details that could be part of evidence, some officials also speculated that the case may end up in mutual settlement inthe court. The police have done a spot panchnama at Wankhede stadium and are compiling reports.

Meanwhile, the crime branch probing into the alleged threat to Ness's father industrialist Nusli Wadia by Ravi Pujari, suspect that the fugitive gangster may have obtained Nusli's office number from the internet. “After calling up on the landline, he spoke to a woman staffer who did not know who Pujari was and passed on the call to the cellphone of Nusli's personal assistant. Pujari may have then called up the assistant and threatened her,“ said an officer.
A crime branch source said that they would record Preity Zinta's statement in this case.


The Times of India, June 26, 2014

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