Industrialist Ness Wadia has written a fresh letter to the Mumbai Police, giving the names and addresses of the six witnesses who he claims were present at Wankhede Stadium on May 30 and heard his exchange with actor Preity Zinta, the police said. Meanwhile, one of his witnesses has claimed that she could not hear the words spoken by Zinta and Wadia in the applause following Virender Sehwag’s boundary strike, said police.
Last week, Wadia had submitted a list of nine names to the Marine Drive police. However, two of the nine witnesses summoned by the police last week said they weren’t the people that Wadia had named. This prompted the police to write to Wadia seeking clarity.
Wadia sent a letter bearing his letterhead and addressed to the investigating officer at the Marine Drive police station earlier this week, which lists the addresses and the phone numbers of six of the nine witnesses, the police said. “We will now get in touch with them and ask them to record statements,” said a senior police officer.
One of the nine witnesses, told the police that she did not hear what went on between Wadia and Zinta because of the noise in the stadium. Her statements concur with those of Jai Kanojia, Zinta’s make-up man, who also said the stadium was very noisy at the time of the alleged incident because cricketer Virender Sehwag had struck a boundary, the police said.
“Pooja Dadlani, a celebrity manager, recorded her statements on Wednesday. She said she was unable to hear what Wadia and Zinta said to each other because of the noise,” said the officer.
On June 13, Zinta lodged a complaint of molestation at Marine Drive police station against Wadia, a co-owner in the Kings XI
Punjab IPL franchise.