The Marine Drive police on Thursday, recorded the statement of IPL CEO, Sundar Raman, in connection with the Preity Zinta case in which she had lodged a complaint against industrialist Ness Wadia. The statement was recorded at the BCCI office in Mumbai.
Apart from Raman's statement, police have also recorded the statement of six other persons. "Many have confirmed that the said incident occurred," a police officer said.
Ravindra Shisve, deputy commissioner of police (zone-1) said, "Raman gave his statement at the BCCI office. He has confirmed the incident where Preity had verbally complained about Wadia's behavoiour. His name had been mentioned in the FIR by the complainant and hence, we recorded his statement. Now, once the complainant comes back, we will record a detailed statement."
So far, the police have recorded statements of six persons including Ankit Baldi from BCCI. Police said that they would record statements of more people in connection with the case.
Zinta, actor and co-owner of IPL team Kings XI Punjab, had lodged a case against Ness Wadia on June 13, alleging that he had abused and threatened her on May 30 at Garware Pavilion during an IPL match. In her complaint, she stated that she had informed IPL authorities about the incident and since she had to leave the city the next day, she could not lodge a complaint with the police, but did so, after her return.
Shisve further said. "In the complaint, the incident had occurred at three spots. First, in front of the team staff, second, while she was going towards her seat when Wadia followed her and third, on the ground. We are in the process of verifying these details."
Police however, refused to divulge the names of the witnesses. So far, Wadia's statement has not been recorded. On the day of the alleged incident, there were 37,000 people, including police, in the Wankhede stadium, as per Shisve.