Mumbai, June 18 (): Preity Zinta and Ness Wadia’s lawyers are exploring the possibility of an out of court settlement.
As per law, the two parties cannot agree on a compromise and the complainant can withdraw the complaint or not appear before the police to give the statement. Lawyers are trying to get Priety Zinta to withdraw the complaint, on the basis of which Mumbai police filed an FIR against Ness Wadia, the Bombay Dyeing scion on the charge of outraging the modesty of his ex-girl friend-actress and partner of Kings XI Punjab.
Mumbai police had filed an FIR against Ness Wadia after Preity Zinta complained that he had grabbed her hand and abused her in front of others during an IPL match on May 30 at the Wankhede stadium.
The Mumbai lawyers close to Preity Zinta and Ness said that negotiations were on to close the ugly spat.
The FIR against Ness has been drawn up under a non-bailable Section 354 IPC which carries sentence of five years. Preity Zinta’s lawyer is unable to figure out how the media turned it into a sexual assault.
Preity Zinta who has moved to LA in US would want to sell her stake in the IPL team, Kings XI Punjab. She owns 23% stake like Ness. Appeejay group Paul, Dabur’s Burman and Root investment are other stake holders. Kings XI Punjab had declared Rs 78.01 lakh profit for the last financial year.
The Wadias say that the case will not stand as there is evidence that it is tiff between ex-lovers. Reports say that they fought over sharing the front row passes given to team owners. Preity Zinta wanted the cops to file case charging IPC 309, 504 and 354. Priety is in US and is yet to give her oral testimony.
CCTV footage of the Garware pavilion, where the incident took place, has not revealed anything. Police has asked the BCCI to share footage from other cameras and has taken statements from two witnesses mentioned by Zinta.
Coincidentally, Ness’s father Nusli Wadia is to appear before the court to give his statement in a case against Kirit Ambani, a top executive of Reliance for conspiring to kill him.