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Preity Zinta hands over list of witnesses to Rakesh Maria, granted permission to fly abroad

Tuesday, 1 July 2014 - 7:40am IST | Agency: dna

Bollywood actress Preity Zinta on Monday met Mumbai police commissioner Rakesh Maria and handed him a list of six witnesses who were present at Garware Pavillion when her ex-boyfriend and industrialist Ness Wadia allegedly insulted her. Preity was given permission to fly abroad, besides throwing more light on the incident.

"Preity sought our permission to fly abroad as she has some prior commitments. She has been granted permission. She is going out of the country for a brief period. In her application, Preity also gave more details about the May 30 incident and listed the names of more witnesses," said Rakesh Maria.

Preity was accompanied by her mother and the meeting with police commissioner lasted for nearly an hour.

Police sources said that among the witnesses Preity listed, include at least six foreigners. Two of them have sent their statements through emails.

Specifically asked when Wadia would be summoned, Maria said, "We will examine all the witnesses first and then decide next course of action."

On June 12, Preity had accused Wadia of insulting, abusing and threatening her during an IPL match between Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings at the Wankhede Stadium on May 30.

The Marine Drive police had registered an FIR against Wadia under IPC sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman).

A day after filing the FIR, Preity left for the US and the police had to call her back to India to record her statement. Upon arrival, her detailed statement was recorded on June 24 at the BCCI office in Wankhede.

Meanwhile, the crime branch is probing the threat calls and a text message received by two personal secretaries of Wadia Group on June 16 from a man claiming to be fugitive gangster Ravi Pujari. The caller warned that their "business will be in trouble" if the actress is harassed.

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