A row over front row seats at the Garware Pavilion in Wankhede stadium escalated to the showdown between Kings XI Punjab co-owners Preity Zinta and Ness Wadia in “full public view”, with Wadia insisting that his family including mother Maureen Wadia be seated in the front row occupied by Zinta and cricketer David Miller’s family, sources said.
The Mumbai Police have written to Zinta to record her statement by Thursday.
The sources said the incident took place when Wadia arrived with his family at the Wankhede Stadium around 8:15 pm on May 30. Eyewitnesses said the match had already begun by then and Zinta was seated along with David Miller’s family (Kings XI Punjab’s South African player) in the front row.
Wadia reportedly insisted that his family be seated in the same front row and requested Kings XI Chief Operating Officer (COO) Fraser Castellino to vacate the seats for his family. Castellino then requested Zinta, but she reportedly refused.
Ness was livid and the bickering continued during the match where Kings XI Punjab defeated Chennai Super Kings. It is learnt that Wadia and Zinta lost their cool and exchanged insults while leaving the stadium.
A tearful Zinta apparently spoke to IPL chairman Ranjib Biswal about Wadia’s behaviour soon afterwards, but there was no official complaint registered with the BCCI, board sources said. The matter was then communicated to Sundar Raman, IPL COO.
BCCI sources said the police had written to them asking for details of persons who were present in the Kings XI Punjab section as well as of those who had given these tickets to the franchise.
Based on Zinta’s complaint, the police have filed a case under sections 509 and 354 (outraging a woman’s modesty), 504 (breach of peace), 506 (criminal intimidation).
Meanwhile, since Zinta failed to mention the exact location where the incident took shape, the police are analysing CCTV footage from four cameras provided by the Mumbai Cricket Association.
Sources said Ashish Khetan will be the vice-chairman of the commission.
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