Mumbai, Jun 22: Bollywood actress Preity Zinta, who has accused her ex-boyfriend and industrialist Ness Wadia of outraging her modesty, returned to Mumbai today from the United States and is likely to record her statement before the police in the next two days.
The 39-year-old actress, who had left India soon after filing an FIR against Wadia on June 12, arrived at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport here this afternoon and refused to speak to the waiting mediapersons.”As she has arrived in Mumbai, her statement would be recorded soon,” said Deputy Police Commissioner Ravindra Shisve, who is supervising the probe.However, another officer privy to the probe stated that the actress’s supplementary statement would be recorded either tomorrow or on Tuesday.
Preity had filed a police complaint on June 12 night alleging that Wadia (44) outraged her modesty at Wankhede stadium on May 30 when an IPL match was played between Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings, a charge the industrialist has denied as “false and baseless”.Shisve said the investigators want to ask the actress about the exact place where the alleged incident took place and who were around.At one point of time, the actress had claimed, “I left for my seat, but he (Ness) came up to me at my seat and started screaming and abusing me in front of everyone.”"We want to know where she was sitting and who were these ‘everyone’ she was referring to,” the official said.The police apparently want to record Zinta’s detailed statement as the CCTV footages obtained by them do not contain the alleged spat between the two.The statement will form the basis of further police probe into the matter. “We will decide further course of action once Zinta’s statement is recorded,” the DCP stated.
Investigators have indicated that Ness would be called for questioning only after recording Zinta’s statement.
Zinta and Wadia had broken off their five-year-long relationship a couple of years back but continued to share business interest.
Several players of IPL team Kings XI Punjab, of which Zinta is a co-owner with Wadia, its support staff, and officials of Wankhede Stadium were claimed to have been present when the alleged incident took place. .