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Ness Wadia readies list of 30 witnesses to counter Preity Zinta's charge

Wednesday, 2 July 2014 - 7:05am IST | Agency: dna

Industrialist Ness Wadia has prepared a list of 30 witnesses, who would be corroborating his side of the story in connection with the incident between him and actor Preity Zinta.

A source close to Wadia said this list would 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 of Wadia's set of witnesses have not been disclosed, the source said they are the ones who were present at Garware Pavilion on May 30 when the alleged incident occurred and also those who were present at the auction in Bangalore where the actor was allegedly abused by Wadia.

According to Wadia's version, the argument regarding the seats at Garware did take place between him and Zinta on May 30. However, the source close to Wadia said that there was no abusing or manhandling involved. "Many witnesses have already corroborated this point," the source said.

Wadia, Zinta and Sanjay Bangar, the coach of Kings XI Punjab, were returning from Kolkata on May 29 after an IPL match. 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 takeoff, 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, the source said, adding: "To say that the relationship between them had been sour would be wrong. They were in good terms."

Meanwhile, the police are likely to call Wadia this week to record his statement. Zinta had registered a case against Wadia, alleging that he had abused and manhandled her on May 30. Based on the 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 against Wadia.

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