Wadia case:Preity to give supplementary statement on Sunday

Wadia case:Preity to give supplementary statement on Sunday

Actor Preity Zinta, who has accused her former boyfriend and industrialist Ness Wadia of abuse and molestation, is likely to record her supplementary statement in connection with the case on Sunday, police said on Friday.

The 39-year-old actor had filed a police complaint on June 12 night alleging she was molested by Wadia (44) at Wankhede stadium on May 30 when an IPL match was played between Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings, a charge the industrialist has denied as “false and baseless”.

Zinta, according to her lawyer, is away in Los Angeles.

Meanwhile, a personal secretary to industrialist Nusli Wadia, father of Ness, has identified the caller who threatened the Wadias as fugitive gangster Ravi Pujari. The Wadias have filed police a complaint in which they said they have received calls and a text message asking them to “keep off” Zinta “or their business will be in trouble”.

“The secretary was called to the anti-extortion cell on Thursday evening to see if she recognises voices from our voice bank. She recognised Pujari’s voice as very similar to that of the person who made the threat calls,” said an officer privy to the investigation.

Two personal secretaries to Nusli Wadia were said to have received five calls and a threatening text message from Pujari on Monday following which an FIR was registered and case handed over to the anti-extortion cell of the crime branch for probe.

The officer said two separate investigations are now in progress in connection with the matter involving Zinta and the Wadias.

“While Marine Drive police are probing the case of alleged abuse and molestation of Zinta, the anti-extortion cell of crime branch is investigating the one related to the threat calls made by Pujari,” he said.

Police are trying to ascertain how the gangster, believed to be operating from Australia and south Asia, got hold of a phone whose number was traced to Iran, and how he got to know of the cell phone numbers of Wadia’s secretaries.

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