2014 Molestation Case: HC orders Preity Zinta and Ness Wadia to settle the matter
Bollywood actress Preity Zinta had accused Ness Wadia her ex-boyfriend and co-owner of the Kings XI Punjab IPL (Indian Premier League) team alleging that he molested, abused and threatened her during an IPL match between Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings in 2014. The actress lodged an FIR on June 13, 2014, under IPC sections 354 (assault or criminal Force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 504 (intentional insult),506 (criminal intimidation) and 509 (using the word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman).
A charge sheet was filed by police and Wadia is currently out on bail. Among his bail conditions is that he has to seek permission from court every time he travels abroad.
A division bench of Justice Ranjit More and Justice Bharati H Dangre were hearing a petition filed by Wadia seeking quashing of the FIR lodged in 2014. Wadia’s petition claimed that the incident was merely a “misunderstanding” and Zinta is now married to Gene Goodenough and has moved on in life but the stringent bail conditions were creating problems for his foreign trips. Preity Zinta was asked to file a reply to the petition filed by Wadia but she did not do so.
Preity Zinta’s lawyer told the Bombay HC that if Ness Wadia apologises to her, she will settle the matter and they are not insisting a written apology from Ness. However, Wadia’s advocate Abad Ponda said that Ness is not ready to apologise to Preity.
On Monday, Justice More said that the matter should be wrapped up quickly and directed Wadia and Zinta to appear before the court on October 9th and also that the matter will be heard inside the chambers on the next date.
Meanwhile, on the work front, Preity Zinta will soon be seen in ‘Bhaiaji Superhit‘ co-starring Sunny Deol and Amisha Patel in the lead roles.