‘Preity, Ness fought over front row seats’

The Mumbai Police have written to Zinta to record her statement by Thursday.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: June 17, 2014 2:44 am

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.

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  1. A
    Jun 17, 2014 at 4:08 pm
    As Ness Wadia is the co-owner and a part of Kings XI Punjab he has full right to take the front row seat as the seats for VIP is placed on different sides for different teams. And more over Ness Wadia's family came and Preity being In relationship with Ness for more than 10 years has just ignored him and his family. We Indians fight for very small things if we have some rights then why not him and more over shes his partner. He would be shocked as she just filled FIR against him. Its just a matter of money. She wants to get her share from the team and sell it for sure
    1. S
      Jun 17, 2014 at 3:32 am
      What is wrong with Ness Wadia? If the seat is taken, then you take another seat!Does he own the seat? This stadium is public property. For heaven's sake. This kind of behavior is what makes some people hate rich people. This guy is obnoxious and is acting like a brat. If the seat is illegally occupied then let the stadium security evict the occupants.