Preity-Wadia case: Police ask BCCI for spectators’ list
The Mumbai Police, probing the case of alleged misbehaviour filed by actress Preity Zinta against her former boyfriend Ness Wadia,
has asked the BCCI to provide a list of spectators at the Garware Pavilion in Wankhede Stadium and details of seating arrangement
among others at the time of the incident.
Police have also claimed that IPL chairman Ranjib Biswal was verbally communicated by Preity soon after the public spat on May 30 between her and Wadia who is also co-owner of Kings XI Punjab co-owner, police said.
“We wrote to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), asking to provide the details that would help us in the probe
pertaining to the alleged incident of molestation of Preity,” an officer privy to the investigation said on Tuesday. “We sought details such
as list of spectators at Garware Pavilion and seating arrangement details, names of security staff and those involved in hospitality service among others. We are hoping to get these details in a day or two,” the officer said.
Several players of IPL team Kings XI Punjab, its support staff and officials of Wankhede Stadium were present
when the alleged incident took place on May 30, claimed Preity in her complaint.
Talking about the heated argument between Preity and Wadia, the officer said “Preity had also informed IPL chairman Ranjib Biswal about unparliamentary behaviour
of Wadia. We may call him for recording of statement if required.”Asked about Preity’s communication with him about the public spat on May 30,
Biswal refused to comment. However, he stated he would co-operate with the investigating authorities if they call him.
The 39-year-old actress had filed a police complaint last Thursday night alleging she was abused by Wadia (44) inside
Wankhede stadium on May 30 when an IPL match was played between Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings.
Based on Preity’s written complaint,
Marine Drive police had registered an FIR against Wadia under IPC sections 354 (assault or use of criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 504 (intentional insult with
intent to provoke breach of peace), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult
the modesty of a woman).
However, later Preity Zinta’s lawyer had clarified that this was not a complaint of ‘sexual molestation’.
Preity and Wadia had broken off their five-year-long relationship a couple of years ago but continued to share business interest.
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