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Ness Wadia prepares list of 30 witnesses over Preity Zinta incident

Thursday, 3 July 2014 - 7:45am IST | Agency: dna

Industrialist Ness Wadia prepared a list of 30 witnesses, who would be corroborating to his side of the story in connection with the incident between him and actor/co-owner of Kings XI Punjab, Preity Zinta.

A source close to Wadia said that this list will be submitted to the police so that a fair chance is given to him. "However, we will not be approaching the police on our own. We will submit this report only when we are called for questioning," the source added.

Though the names have not been disclosed, the source said that these witnesses are the ones who were present at Garware Pavilion on May 30, when the alleged incident occurred and also those who were present in Bangalore when the actor claimed that she was abused by Wadia during the auction.

According to Wadia's version, the argument regarding the seats at Garware Pavilion did take place between him and Zinta on May 30. However, sources close to Wadia said that there was no abusing or manhandling involved. "A lot of witnesses have already corroborated to this point agreeing that the argument did take place but nothing more than that," the source added.

The source also added that Wadia, Zinta and Sanjay Bangar, the coach of Kings XI Punjab, were returning from Kolkata on May 29 after an IPL match the previous day. While in the plane, Bangar and Wadia were seated next to each other with a seat vacant between them while Zinta was seated elsewhere. After the take off, the actor allegedly went to the rest room and when she returned, she sat between the two men and they, together, started discussing the strategy for the match on May 30. "To say that the relationship between them had been sour for quite sometime would be wrong. They were in good terms," the source claimed.

Meanwhile, the police are likely to call Wadia to record his statement this week. Zinta had registered a case against Wadia alleging that he had abused her and manhandled her on May 30. Based on complaint the Marine Drive police registered a case under sections 354 (outraging the modesty of a woman), 504 (criminal intimidation) and 509 (word, act or gesture intended to outrage the modesty of a woman) of IPC.

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