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Nusli Wadia received threat calls from underworld to stay away from Preity Zinta

Two secretaries of textile magnate Nusli Wadia on Wednesday gave statements to the police that they had received threat calls from a person claiming to be underworld don Ravi Pujari and who asked “Wadia” to stay away from actor Preity Zinta. Mumbai police commissioner Rakesh Maria said the calls were made from Iran.

Nusli Wadia’s elder son Ness Wadia is locked in a feud with Zinta, his former girlfriend, who has accused him of outraging her modesty during an IPL cricket match on May 30. The Bombay Dyeing group scion has rejected the charge as “false and baseless”.

The Mumbai Crime Branch anti-extortion cell has started an investigation after the secretaries said they received five threat calls and a text message. The secretaries gave their statements to the N M Joshi Marg police station and the complaint was transferred to the anti-extortion cell on Tuesday evening.

The secretaries said the voice during the calls was not clear and the only thing they could gauge was that some “Ravi Pujari” was calling. The caller finally sent a text message, which read,

“Don’t run around Preity. Give my message to Wadia. Otherwise his business will be in trouble.”

Maria said, “Five calls were made to the secretaries and one of them received a text message. At present, the anti-extortion cell is investigating the matter. It has been ascertained that the calls were made from Iran. We are going to check the voice samples and match them with Pujari’s.”

Meanwhile, Zinta, through her lawyer, informed the Marine Drive police that she will soon come to record her secondary statement in the case she has filed against Ness.

Earlier, Marine Drive police checked footage from five cameras installed in the Garware Pavilion at Wankhede. They are now planning to check the footage of all 220 cameras installed in the stadium near the ground.

Preity had mentioned that other than abusing her in the pavilion, Ness had also abused her on the ground after she went there to meet the players at the end of the match. The police have also written to Sony TV, which has the telecast rights of the match, asking them for their video footage.


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