Preity-Ness case: Now, Wadia submits list of witnesses

Jul 03, 2014, 07:53 IST | Vinay Dalvi

In the letter, Ness Wadia has listed names of nine people; claims that the charges filed by Preity Zinta are 'false'

Industrialist Ness Wadia has submitted his own list of nine witnesses on Wednesday, who were present at Wankhede stadium on May 30, during the time when his former girlfriend and actress Preity Zinta was allegedly abused by him.

Preity Zinta
Preity Zinta

In his letter, Wadia has described the charges filed against him as ‘false’. “We believe these persons who were present would be able to provide independent and truthful facts about the events that took place at the stadium on that evening with regard to the false complaint filed by Preity Zinta against me,” reads the letter.

On June 24, the actress had given her list of 14 witnesses to confirm that she was abused by the businessman, who also pulled her hand. Sources from Wadia group say that while there was a minor argument between the duo, Ness did not assault her, which their list of witnesses will confirm.

Ness Wadia is likely to be called by investigators for his statement in the next 48 hours. File pic
Ness Wadia is likely to be called by investigators for his statement in the next 48 hours. File pic

The letter was delivered to Marine Drive police station by a representative of the group. The list includes names of Sereika Lal, Loretta Joseph, Pooja Dadlani, Annelinie Adams, Farah Oomerbhoy, Sweetie Burman, Kamlesh Shah, Rayaan Mustapha and Sharath Nath.

Police officials have already recorded statements of Danish Merchant, Parul Khanna, Jay Kanojia, etc. from the list provided by Preity, and few of them confirmed that Ness had pulled her hand. Investigators are likely to record Ness Wadia’s statement in the next 48 hours. “We will speak to the witnesses named by Ness and will corroborate all statements before taking a stand on the case,” informed a police officer from Marine Drive station.

No footage
While the CCTV footage captured by Wankhede stadium and Sony Channel could prove to be a significant piece of evidence, officials are yet to receive the videos that will help in the investigation of the case.

Preity speaks out on Facebook
On Wednesday, Preity posted a statement on Facebook, in which she spoke about all angles of the case and rubbished the claim that the argument was over a few seats.

Excerpts from her post:

For the record...
Sometimes in life, one is faced with a situation that blows up in your face irrespective of which path you take. The last few days have felt like an emotional and moral roller coaster for me. What surprises me most are some of the reactions that I have seen or heard from people, friends and the media regarding this situation. Sadly, in India, the fairer sex has to have a larger limit, more tolerance and worry about what people will say irrespective of the facts and the truth.

Why did I report a personal matter to the police? PERSONAL MATTER? Seriously? For the record, this relationship was ended by me in 2009 and I don’t ever recall having gone to the police on any personal matter irrespective of what happened then. But now it’s been 6 years since the break up so THIS IS NOT A PERSONAL MATTER.

Is this done for MONEY? IPL was my project from the start and for the record, not only did I pay for myself (5 crores) when I got into the IPL (bid) I paid for Ness too! 5 crores! (Proof of my financial commitment in the IPL is with the BCCI). To be fair to him, he did pay me back a couple of months later (without any premium) so hope the money theory is put to end once and for all.

Is this done for PUBLICITY? No one wants to be involved in something like this for cheap publicity as this is more humiliating then something to be proud of, especially if you are a very private and self-respecting person. I have been in this film industry since 1998 and have been part of the biggest blockbusters in the past. From Best actress awards to a bravery award, I have won them all so please give me a break ! I don’t need publicity, specially cheap publicity.

Fight for SEATS Really? 50 seats and a V.I.P air-conditioned box (35 seater) was there, yet me and my friends sitting on 6 seats becomes an issue? All through the IPL I have given ALMOST ALL my seats to the players families so taking over seats at all games is a completely wrong accusation and disrespecting anyone’s mother is OUT OF THE QUESTION as I might forget my name but never my manners.

Why did I file a F.I.R with the police? Because after several warnings over the years I WAS LEFT WITH NO OTHER OPTION… The whole point of this is that violent physical or aggressive behaviour should not be tolerated by rich or poor, man or woman, celebrity or not!

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