Mumbai: Businessman Ness Wadia, who has been accused of molestation and abuse by his former girlfriend and Bollywood actress Preity Zinta in a police complaint on Saturady said he was shocked by the allegations and termed them as ‘false and baseless’. "I am shocked at the complaint and the allegations made against me are totally false and baseless," Wadia said in a statement.
His statement came after the 39-year-old actress, who jointly owns Kings XI Punjab IPL cricket team with Wadia, filed a police complaint against Wadia alleging that he molested, abused and threatened her inside Wankhede stadium in south Mumbai.
Meanwhile, Preity Zinta said on Satruday: “My intention was not to hurt anyone, but to protect myself.” She also requested all to respect her privacy in the “difficult times”.
Zinta filed the police complaint on Thursday night at Marine Drive Police station alleging that she was molested by Wadia (44) inside Wankhede stadium on May 30. On that day, an IPL match between Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings was played in the stadium.
Good that she’s spoken up,hope she'll get justice in this case- Saswati Ghosh, Women's right activist on Preity Zinta pic.twitter.com/yogx4S9rV9— ANI (@ANI_news) June 14, 2014
She gave a written complaint following which an FIR was registered against Wadia under IPC sections 354 (Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 504 (Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace), 506 (Punishment for criminal intimidation) and 509 (Word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman), according to police station officials.
The actress and the businessman had broken their five-year-long relationship sometime back.
Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria today said: "The offence has been registered. We are trying to collect evidence like the statements of those involved and CCTV footage."
Meanwhile state Women's Commission member Chitra Wagh has said: "The police have taken no action against Ness Wadia. We want them to take action within 24 hours."