Wadia threat calls case: Crime Branch may record Preity Zinta's statement

Jun 23, 2014, 08:16 IST | Vinay Dalvi

Police probing the threat calls received by the secretary of Ness Wadia's father, allegedly from gangster Ravi Pujari, may meet the Bollywood actress Preity Zinta as well

While Marine Drive police has been eagerly waiting for the return of Bollywood actress Preity Zinta, to record her supplementary statement, Mumbai Crime branch and Anti Extortion Cell are also not far behind.

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39-year-old Preity Zinta arrived at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport on Sunday afternoon. Pic/PTI
39-year-old Preity Zinta arrived at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport on Sunday afternoon. Pic/PTI

Sources from the crime branch revealed that the investigation of the case of threat calls, which were made to the Wadia office, might also require them to meet the actress. 

Officials are currently investigating the case from all angles and trying to find out how gangster Ravi Pujari managed to get the telephone numbers to Wadia’s office. Pujari had called Wadia’s office about ten times on the personal numbers of people associated with the group.

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“We suspect it to be an inside job, a person who may have passed the numbers to Pujari, who may be doing it for publicity. For a fair investigation, we will record statements of all people associated with the case,” said an officer from Crime Branch.

Preity may record statement today

Sources at the Marine Drive police station said that Preity would be recording her statement on Monday. The cops need to know more about the case, right from the name of witnesses and the time when the incident took place.

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Only when there is strong enough evidence, will they record Ness Wadia’s statement and decide on further action to be taken. Police will also be taking Preity to Wankhede stadium where the May 30 incident took place to recount it.

Preity had filed a police complaint on June 12, alleging that she was molested by her former boyfriend Wadia at Wankhede stadium during an IPL match played between Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings, a charge the industrialist has denied as “false and baseless”.

Meanwhile, after returning to Mumbai, Preity decided to post the following statement on social media, “Exhausted but happy to finally be back home in Mumbai. I’d like to apologize to the media but it will not be possible for me to make any comments or statements as this investigation is still on.

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Pls co operate & PLEASE don’t call my staff or friends non stop as they have requested me to make this appeal to you all on their behalf. Thank you.”

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