Police begins questioning witnesses named by Preity Zinta

Since Preity Zinta’s return from USA few days ago the investigation of her alleged molestation by ex boyfriend Ness Wadia has picked up pace. Preity Zinta went to the Wankhede Stadium last Tuesday to show police the spots where Ness Wadia allegedly abused and molested her. She also gave her detailed statement as per the request made by Police. She has also given Police the names of the 14 witnesses.  She was accompanied by her lawyer. Earlier in the same day, Preity also met Mumbai crime branch officials who asked her about the alleged threat calls and SMS sent to Wadia. The SMS warned the Wadia’s not to trouble Preity Zinta.

In the meantime, the five CCTV cameras that are placed in the Garware pavilion, the area where the incident allegedly took place, did not yield any evidence of scuffle or argument between Ness and Preity. A police officer who is part of the investigations of the case said, "There were 172 rotating CCTV cameras inside the Wankhede ground. And there were five CCTVs installed to focus at Garware pavilion. However, the examination of these five CCTV footages did not provide any evidence that would help us in the probe.”

The officer added, “The five CCTV footages which we thought would give some crucial leads have neither captured any argument or any scuffle between the two." The police have now asked the channel Sony that has the broadcast rights of IPL to provide unedited video footage. However the officer explained that even if technical evidence were not available, statements from witnesses will be treated as a crucial part of evidence.  On the other hand police have already begun recording the statements of the people named by Preity. Out of the fourteen persons named, seven has already given their statements to the police. Among these seven are Sundar Raman, Chief Operating Officer of the IPL and Sanjay Patel, BCCI secretary. The remaining seven will also be summoned and their statements will be recorded.

Ness Wadia’s lawyer has claimed that his client is ready to cooperate with the police investigation and is also available for questioning by the police. As per Preity’s allegations police has registered case against Ness Wadia under sections, 354 (assault or 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).