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Priety Zinta molestation case
Cops to quiz IPL CEO, top cricketers
Ask BCCI to provide CCTV footage of the ‘spat’ between the actress, her ex-beau Ness Wadia
Shiv Kumar
Tribune News Service

Mumbai, June 14
The Mumbai police have called several high-profile people, including IPL CEO Sundar Raman and top cricket officials, who were reportedly witness to a spat between actress Preity Zinta and her former beau and industrialist Ness Wadia during a match at Wankhede Stadium on May 30.

In her complaint, Zinta accused Wadia of molesting her physically and verbally apart from threatening to endanger her life.

The actress, who owns the Punjab Kings XI IPL team along with Wadia and others, in the FIR filed on Thursday, alleged that Wadia had abused her in the past as well.

Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria said the police were probing Zinta’s complaint. Apart from calling the witnesses, the police have asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India to provide the CCTV footage of the event as well. Sources said Zinta left for the US shortly after filing her complaint.

On social media, Zinta said she filed the complaint because the incident took place in front of too many people. The actress said: “No one at work or around ever stood up for me in the past when I was abused and insulted publicly.”

“What happened at Wankhade is being diluted by every other fabricated story about my character except the truth of what happened. I’m sure witnesses will speak the truth and police will do their job fairly. No woman likes to be involved in such a controversy,” she said.

Wadia issued a statement denying the allegations. “I am shocked at the complaint and the allegations levelled against me are totally false and baseless,” he said.

NCW to probe case

New Delhi: The NCW has decided to take suo motu cognisance of Zinta's allegations against Wadia. "We will investigate the matter on our own," NCW chairperson Mamta Sharma said. "I have got to know that Preity used to live with Wadia till 2009. But it doesn't matter. If he did something wrong, we will proceed as per our investigation," she said. PTI





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