Mumbai: Sachin Tendulkar’s son Arjun Tendulkar may have to record his statement with the Mumbai police in connection with the molestation case filed by Preity Zinta against Ness Wadia, sources said.
Arjun Tendulkar was apparently present at the Wankhede Stadium when the incident occurred, and some unconfirmed reports say that Wadia may have allegedly abused him too.
Earlier, Zinta had also denied selling her stake in Kings XI Punjab team. She tweeted that she was neither going to sell her stake in the team, nor was she planning to settle in America.
She also wrote, “SO called sources says anything and it’s getting reported.
Zinta had on June 24 recorded her statement inside the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai, after she returned from the US.
Reportedly, Zinta also recreated the sequence of events inside Wankhede, where the alleged incident took place.
Now, the police will go ahead and record the statement of other witnesses
Meanwhile, according to reports, police have watched the 9-hour long CCTV footage of the match, where in they found a 20 second clip which might be useful, though it is not very clear. The video has been sent to the labs to improve its quality.
In her written complaint to police, Zinta had claimed, “I left for my seat, but he (Ness) came up to me at my seat and started screaming and abusing me in front of everyone.”
Investigators indicated now that Zinta’s statement is recorded, Wadia would be called for questioning.
Zinta had filed a police complaint on June 12 alleging that Wadia outraged her modesty at the stadium on May 30 when an IPL match was on between Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings, a charge dubbed as “false and baseless” by him.
Zinta and Wadia ended their five-year-old relationship a few years back but continued to share business interests.
Several players of Kings XI Punjab, of which Zinta is a co-owner along with the 44-year-old businessman, its support staff and officials at Wankhede Stadium claim to have been present when the alleged incident took place.
Based on the complaint, Marine Drive Police registered an FIR against Wadia under Sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of IPC.
Police have so far recorded the statements of seven persons, including Indian Premier League COO Sundar Raman and BCCI Secretary Sanjay Patel, in connection with the case.
Meanwhile, Crime Branch is probing the alleged threat phone calls and a text message received by two personal secretaries of Wadia Group on June 16 from a man claiming to be fugitive gangster Ravi Pujari. The caller allegedly warned that their “business will be in trouble” if the actress was harassed.