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Preity Zinta assault case: Charge sheet filed against Ness Wadia

SNS | New Delhi |


On Tuesday, Mumbai Police submitted charge sheet against Ness Wadia in an assault and molestation case filed by actor Preity Zinta in 2014. Zinta had alleged that she was molested and verbally abused by her former boyfriend.

Ness Wadia, who co-owns the Indian Premier League (IPL) team Kings XI Punjab along with Zinta, has been charged under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 354 (assault or criminal force against woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 506 (criminal intimidation), and 509 (word, gesture, or act intended to insult the modesty of woman).

As per Mumbai Mirror news report, the police submitted the 200-page charge sheet on 20 February in the court of the chief metropolitan magistrate. Wadia, who was present, was granted bail on a personal surety of Rs. 20,000.

According to the complaint by Preity Zinta, the alleged assault took place place at Wankhede Stadium during an IPL match between Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings on 30 May 2014.

The complaint says that Ness Wadia began abusing the team’s staff over the issue of ticket distribution, when Preity Zinta intervened, Wadia began to verbally abuse her as well. Even after Zinta changed her seat, where she was earlier seated (Garware Pavilion), Ness Wadia allegedly continued with his tirade against her. He went on to abuse her on the ground and in front of members of her team. When she tried to get away from the situation, she was allegedly ‘manhandled’ by Ness Wadia, resulting in bruises on her arm, of which Zinta submitted proof.

During the incident, Preity Zinta and Ness Wadia were not in a relationship.

Leading to the incident, American national Gene Goodenough, who married Zinta in 2016, emailed his statement to the police corroborating Zinta’s claims of abuse by Wadia.

The charge sheet will pave way for a trial and according to police, both the parties have recorded their statements.

As per media report, Ness Wadia had admitted to an altercation but not abuse.