Bollywood actress Preity Zinta, who is also co-owner of Kings XI Punjab cricket team, filed a police complaint against her former boyfriend and businessman Ness Wadia, alleging that he molested, abused and threatened her inside Wankhede stadium in south Mumbai, on May 30 during a match between KingsXI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings. She gave a written complaint following which an FIR was registered against Wadia under IPC sections 354 (Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 504 (Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace), 506 (Punishment for criminal intimidation) and 509 (Word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman). Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria said, “Offence has been registered. We are trying to collect evidence like the statements of those involved and CCTV footage”. Though the Mumbai Police has recorded statements of two persons in connection with the incident, but is unable to reach the Bollywood actress as she is out of the country. However, police did not reveal the identity of the two persons and remained tight-lipped on what emerged in their statements.
“After collecting some substantial evidence, we will summon Wadia,” he said. The investigators also asked the actress to provide emails exchanged between her and her former boyfriend, which the police said, would throw some light to understand the long simmering differences between the complainant and Wadia. Mumbai police recorded statements of IPL CEO Sundar Raman and Wankhede Stadium staff and sources at Marine Drive police station said Raman, several players of IPL team Kings XI Punjab, their support staff and officials of Wankhede Stadium were claimed to have been present when the alleged incident took place and their statements will be recorded. The Maharashtra State Women’s Rights Commission has given the city police a 24-hour ultimatum to arrest Wadia.