Industrialist Sharat Nath has come out in support of tycoon Ness Wadia, who is accused of molesting his former girlfriend and actress Preity Zinta during an IPL match in Mumbai on May 30.
Claiming that he was present at the spot where the incident reportedly took place, Nath said he didn’t see Wadia having an argument with Preity. ” Yes, I was present and I was standing around 10- 12 rows behind Preity. She was in the very first row. I saw Wadia coming with a family member.
He went up to Preity and had a discussion, but it did not look like a heated argument.
Industrialist Sharat Nath has come out in support of tycoon Ness Wadia. He says Wadia didn’t touch her.
Then he came back and I said hello to him,” Nath said, adding that there was nothing awkward in the behaviour of either Wadia or Preity.
” I saw Preity throughout the match. I did not see them both going together somewhere. Whatever I saw there didn’t ring an alarm bell. I didn’t see Wadia touching her. He just walked away. From their body language, it just looked like two people talking to each other.
“After a little while, I went to the air- conditioned box. Wadia also came there after some time. He was there with a family member and he seemed to be in a jovial mood,” Nath claimed.
The 39- year- old actress had filed a police complaint on June 12, alleging that she was molested by Wadia ( 44) at Mumbai’s Wankhede stadium on May 30 during a match between Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Superkings, a charge that the industrialist has termed ” false and baseless”. Preity and Wadia are co- owners of Kings XI Punjab.
Meanwhile, Preity returned to Mumbai from the US on Sunday. The actress, who had left India soon after filing the case and arrived at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport on Sunday afternoon, refused to speak to the waiting mediapersons.
Police are likely to record her statement in the next two days. ” As she was not in India, we could not record her statement in the case.
Since she has arrived here ( in Mumbai), her statement would be recorded either tomorrow ( Monday) or the day after,” an official privy to the investigation said.
The Mumbai police had on Saturday recorded the statement of BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel in connection with the case.
Police are also probing the threat calls received by the secretary of Ness’ father Nusli Wadia allegedly from fugitive gangster Ravi Pujari.