The Marine Drive police have got more footage from the CCTV at Garware Pavilion to verify the allegations made by actor and co-owner of IPL team Kings XI Punjab Preity Zinta. The actor had lodged a molestation complaint against industrialist Ness Wadia on Friday.
According to the police, they had earlier got four hours of CCTV footage from various angles. The new footage is the same but from angles which were probably not covered in the earlier footage. "In the new footage, there is a frame of about 20 seconds in which the actor and Wadia can be seen talking to each other. However, it is very difficult to ascertain whether they are arguing with each other," a police officer said.
The officer added that on May 30, when the incident occurred, a senior cricketer's 15-year-old son was seated next to Zinta. "Prima facie, it appears that when Wadia started abusing Zinta, the cricketer's son tried to intervene and pacify Wadia, but the latter allegedly abused him too. We are yet to decide whether we will be calling him to get his version. As of now, we are in the process of recording statements of the staff and IPL authorities," he said.
Zinta has also been asked to submit a copy of the e-mail in which she claims she asked Wadia to behave himself after he allegedly misbehaved with her and abused her publicly during the auction of IPL teams.
On Monday, the police sent a letter to Zinta through her lawyer to come to the police station and get her detailed statement recorded. Apart from the actor's complaint, the police have not yet recorded her statement. They have also asked her to name witnesses who were present when the incident occurred.
Meanwhile, the Marine Drive police on Monday recorded statements of two more people in connection with the case and said more people will be summoned.
An officer said two-three women activists had approached the police station on Monday and submitted an application, which read that the law was being misused in this case, but neither Zinta nor Wadia have been named in the application.