MUMBAI, India – Indian film star Preity Zinta – who is also the co-owner of the Kings XI Punjab – registered a case of molestation against industrialist Ness Wadia, the grand-grandson of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
Wadia denied the allegation as false and baseless. In her statement to the Maharashtra Police, Zinta said the incident happened during the Indian Premier League (IPL) qualifier for the final between Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings at the Wankhede Stadium on May 30.
The 39-year-old actor alleged that Wadia not only outraged her modesty but also abused and threatened her. During the match, she said Wadia came up to her, grabbed her by the hand and started using abusive words in front of other spectators.
Wadia, another co-owner of the Punjab team, said in a statement, “I am shocked at the complaint and the allegations made against me are totally false and baseless.” Zinta and Wadia, 44, parted ways after a five-year relationship in 2009, but continued as business partners and co-owners of Kings XI Punjab.
They did not cite any specific reason for the break-up. A case under sections 354, 504 and 506 (assault on a woman, intentional insult and criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code was registered. An investigating officer said that the police had started calling witnesses over the issue.
Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria said an ‘offence’ has been registered. “We are trying to collect evidence like the statements of those involved and CCTV footage,” he said.