Mumbai: The Mumbai Police have finally filed a charge sheet against Ness Wadia, almost four years after actress Preity Zinta’s FIR in the infamous molestation case. Zinta accused Wadia of molesting and intimidating her, back in 2014.
Wadia and Zinta started dating each other in 2005. Though the two called it quits in 2010, they remained friends. They were also co-owners of the Indian Premier League (IPL) the team Kings XI Punjab.
However, things took an ugly turn during a match between the teams of Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings on May 30, 2014.
According to Zinta’s complaint, during the match, Wadia had abused the team staff over ticket distribution, after he saw Zinta seated in the Garware Pavilion of the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
On hearing the ongoing ruckus, Zinta, along with a friend, is said to have changed her seat to another enclosure.
This did not placate Wadia, who abused her again on the ground in front of her team members. In her complaint, Zinta said that Wadia assaulted her by grabbing her arm.
Zinta also submitted four photographs to the police, showing the ‘bruise-like’ marks on her right arm.
Along with Zinta’s statement, the 200-page chargesheet also has statements by Wadia, Gene Goodenough, an American whom Zinta married in 2016, and cricketer David Miller’s father, Andrew Miller.
Goodenough, who was present at the scene, supported Zinta, and said that he had intervened when Wadia was abusing Zinta.
Andrew Miller said that he saw the former couple arguing, but did not see Wadia misbehave with her, as he (Miller) was sitting far away.
Wadia has reportedly called all these allegations baseless and has denied abusing and molesting Zinta.
The chargesheet filed in the Metropolitan Magistrate’s court in Esplanade, Mumbai, is under sections 354 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the Indian Penal Code.
During the filing of the chargesheet, Wadia was present in the court and was immediately released on a personal bond of Rs 20,000 by the magistrate.
Zinta lodged a complaint with the Marine Drive police station in South Mumbai in June 2014.
A trial is expected to begin soon, with witnesses from both sides in attendance.