Now, underworld twist to Ness ‘mess’

Mumbai : The Preity-Ness case now has an underworld angle, just like a Bollywood pot-boiler. Industrialist Nusli Wadia, father of Ness Wadia, has said his office on Monday received a threat call from a person claiming to be gangster Ravi Pujari. The caller warned him not to harass Preity Zinta. Disclosing this, Commissioner of Mumbai police, Rakesh Maria, said on Wednesday that five calls were made on the mobile phones of Nusli’s personal assistant and one text message was also sent.

 “The number seems to be from Iran,” said Maria. Since the calls were not recorded, they won’t be followed as the main lead. The chief evidence is the SMS received by the PA. Observers felt that this was possibly a publicity stunt by Pujari, who is losing his relevance and clout by the day. The Dawood gang can be ruled out as it has no love lost for Preity Zinta: It will be recalled that she had testified in court against the D-company over the financing of the film ‘Chori Chori Chupke Chupke’.  At the same time, observers said, the complaint could also be a diversionary tactic to shift the focus from the Wadias.

The Mumbai Police has asked mobile services providers to help them in tracing the calls. When asked whether the underworld is trying to protect Preity, the commissioner said that would tantamount to jumping to conclusions. He added that it would take some time for them to ascertain the facts. A case under Section 506 (Part 2) of the IPC, meanwhile, has been registered against unknown persons.

 Nusli Wadia filed a case on Wednesday at the N M Joshi Marg police station. The case is now being probed by the Anti-Extortion Cell of the Crime Branch.

Maria also said that Zinta has communicated through her lawyer and will reach Mumbai this week to record her supplementary statement.

“Since the names of people present during the spat have not been mentioned, we need her to record a supplementary statement so that the investigation can be taken further,” he said.

Ness Wadia, meanwhile, has been given security by the Maharashtra police in view of the threatening phone calls and texts.

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