High Court quashes Preity Zinta’s molestation case against Ness Wadia

Big relief for industrialist Ness Wadia. Today Mumbai High Court has dismissed the molestation case of Preity Zinta against her ex-boyfriend Ness Wadia.

Priety, who co-owns the IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab with Ness, had in June 2014 lodged a complaint with the Marine Drive police alleging that Ness had abused and manhandled her. The incident took place at Mumbai’s Wankhede stadium on May 30 during an IPL match.

However, two years after Preity filed the case, Ness denied all the allegations levelled against him, on May 19.

A source said, "In his statement, Goodenough supported her claims, stating he had intervened when Wadia molested and abused Zinta, and he'd asked Wadia not to misbehave with a woman."

Another foreign national, Andrew Miller, father of cricketer David Miller, also sent his statement through email. "Miller, on the other hand, said he saw the couple arguing but did not see Wadia misbehave with her as he was seated far away," the source added.

In November 2015, Zinta recorded her statement under section 164 of the CrPC before the 18th metropolitan magistrate court in Girgaum. In May 2016, the police recorded Wadia's statement. A source said, "The police have attached statements of several people in the charge sheet. During the filing of the charge sheet, Wadia was present in the court, which allowed him to go on a personal bond of Rs 20,000."

On the personal front, Zinta and Wadia were in a relationship for five years (2005-2009). In 2016, the actress married American national Gene Goodenough.