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Preity Zinta- Ness Wadia: CCTV cams did not record alleged abuse

None of the five cameras installed in Wankhede Stadium’s Garware pavilion have captured the arguments between Preity Zinta and industrialist Ness Wadia, who the actor alleges abused and threatened her, the police said on Wednesday after reviewing the footage. Zinta has accused Wadia, her former boyfriend, of abusing and manhandling her in the pavilion twice during an IPL match on May 30. He abused her for the third time on the ground after the match, she claims.

Wadia has denied all the charges. The two are co-owners of IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab. The Marine Drive police on Wednesday completed examining the footage of the five cameras in the Garware pavilion, but in vain.

“The cameras have not recorded the incidents that Zinta has alleged in her complaint. She has said that she was abused twice by Wadia — once below the AC box, where he also manhandled her, and the second time near the railing in the open area,” a senior police officer said.

“The cameras keep rotating and it is possible that they were facing the other way when Wadia and Zinta got into an argument.” There are a total 122 CCTV cameras inside the stadium. “We want to review the footage recorded by a private television channel, but its executives have not replied whether they will share it,” the officer said.The Marine Drive police, meanwhile, have started contacting the 12 people named as witnesses by Zinta in her supplementary statement recorded, which was at the stadium on Tuesday. A police officer said that though they record statements of all the 12 people, they were hopeful of getting leads from five of the witnesses. One of the key witnesses is US national Gene Goodenough, who was seated in the Garware pavilion’s front row along with Zinta and apparently saw Wadia abusing and threatening her the second time. Goodenough had apparently intervened and asked Wadia to “shut up”. According to the police, the American raised his hand and warned Wadia that if he did not stop screaming at Zinta and leave, he would hit him.


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