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Police likely to record Preity Zinta’s statement today in Ness Wadia case

Actress Preity Zinta, who has accused her former boyfriend and industrialist Ness Wadia of manhandling, abusing and threatening her, has arrived in Mumbai from the United States.

Ms. Zinta is likely to record her statement before the Mumbai police on Monday.

Ms. Zinta, 39, had filed a police complaint on June 12 accusing Mr. Wadia, 44, of abusing her after the pair got into an argument while watching their team play the Chennai Super Kings on May 30 at Wankhede Stadium. Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria had said last week that Ms. Zinta has agreed to return from a foreign trip to record her testimony for the police.

He had also said that a team of investigators is scrutinising footage from security cameras at the stadium to see if the alleged fight was recorded. Ms. Zinta has said that Mr. Wadia pushed her and hurled invective at her.

In a statement last week, Mr. Wadia called the allegations “totally false and baseless”.

Mr. Wadia has alleged in a police complaint that his company received threatening calls and texts from an underworld gangster referencing the Bollywood star.

The caller identified himself as fugitive underworld don Ravi Pujari, the police said. A threatening message allegedly warned the Wadias against troubling Ms. Zinta.

The police has given security to Mr. Wadia after his complaint.

Ms. Zinta and Mr. Wadia, scion of the Wadia group, an Indian conglomerate with interests including in real estate, textiles and a low-budget airline, called off their five-year relationship in 2009.

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