The Marine Drive police have so far recorded statements of seven people in connection with the complaint registered by actor and co-owner of IPL team Kings XI Punjab Preity Zinta against industrialist Ness Wadia. The police said out of the seven, five have confirmed that the incident indeed occurred.
Zinta had lodged a complaint against Wadia on June 13. In her complaint, she had said during an IPL match at Wankhede Stadium on May 30, Wadia had publicly humiliated and manhandled her. She also said he had threatened her. Wadia too is a co-owner of KXIP. All the witnesses in the case are men, the police said.
The police have asked Zinta to approach them so that her complete and detailed statement in connection with the case can be recorded. The actor has communicated with them that she has left from the US and would be arriving in Mumbai late on Friday.
Deputy commissioner of police (zone I) Ravindra Shisve said, "On Friday, we recorded the statement of one more person who was present at Garware Pavilion when the incident occurred. We also got in touch Ranjib Biswal, IPL chairman, to record his statement. He is currently in Australia and has said that he would be coming to Mumbai next week."
The police said so far they have not made any arrest in the case. "Once Zinta's detailed statement is recorded, there will clarity on the incident. Only when the statements of all the people are recorded, we will get a clear picture, following which we will decide on the course of action to be taken," an officer said.
Though the incident occurred on May 30, Zinta approached the police on June 13 saying she had not been in town earlier and did not want the team's performance affected. After submitting her complaint to the Marine Drive police against Wadia, she flew to the US. Hence, her complete statement could not be recorded.