Mumbai : Sources from the Mumbai police said that the evidence collected so far in the Preity-Ness case is ‘fairly enough to summon Ness Wadia’. After recording Preity Zinta’s supplementary statement on Tuesday and having talked to eight witnesses, including IPL CEO Sundar Raman and BCCI Secretary Sanjay Patel, the police is almost ready to summon Wadia.

In a statement made on Wednesday at a briefing, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone 1) Ravindra Shisave disclosed that three spots have been identified as the place of the spat and the CCTV footage available will be checked accordingly. The CCTV footage of the first and third spot has been examined and the footage of the second will be examined soon. The police will try to trace Wadia physically in the video.

Of the 232 CCTV cameras installed at Wankhede during the IPL match, footages of only eight are useful to the police. In addition, these cameras are PTZ (Pan-tilt-zoom) cameras which means they keep moving to record their surroundings. Hence, it is possible that they might not have recorded the spat between Zinta and Ness. The unedited footage from the 19 cameras of Sony Company, which holds the telecasting rights, hasn’t been acquired yet.

With regards to witnesses, police will be summoning businessman Jay Kanojia and asking him to cooperate. In addition, summons to the 15 new witnesses named by Zinta will also be sent. Out of these 15, four to six are key witnesses. Also, a foreigner named Jean, who Zinta named in her supplementary statement and according to her was present and had asked Wadia to back off during the spat, will also be summoned for his statement. “We should record the statements of all the witnesses in next two to four days,” Shisave said.

Preity’s supplementary statement and the reconstruction of the crime at Wankhede stadium and the Garware pavilion in it has given a clearer perspective to the Mumbai police. They are now confident about their investigation, sources confirmed.

Zinta had filed a complaint against former boyfriend Ness Wadia on June 12 for outraging her modesty and insulting her in front of the public on May 30, 2014 after the IPL match between their jointly-owned team Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings. Ever since then the exercise of summoning witnesses and recording statements has been on, amidst considerable media speculation and scrutiny.

While this issue was brewing, there were threat calls too which were made to two secretaries of Nusli Wadia – supposedly by fugitive gangster Ravi Pujari, who threatened the Wadias to stay away from Zinta or else “their business would be in trouble.”

The officers of the Anti Extortion Cell of the Crime Branch also questioned Zinta regarding the case when she had gone to the Wankhede stadium to record her supplementary statement and do a spot panchnama by reconstructing the alleged scuffle for the police on Tuesday evening.

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