Molestation case filed by actress Preity Zinta against Ness Wadia gets cancelled by court
While #MeToo movement which is about sexual harassment is trending all over social media, we are getting to hear all related age-old cases now.
A molestation case filed by Bollywood actress Preity Zinta against industrialist Ness Wadia in 2014 was today canceled by the Bombay High Court.
The court decision comes two days after it had suggested the actor to consider “finishing off” the case.
Preity Zinta’s advocate had told the court that the actor is willing to settle the matter if Ness Wadia is ready to apologize. Ness Wadia’s lawyer had, however, said the industrialist was not ready to apologize.
The court, which was hearing Ness Wadia’s petition seeking the case be dropped, had then suggested the parties settle the matter. Justice Ranjit More on Monday, October 8 said, “Just finish it off now.”
Actor-cum-Producer Preity Zinta and industrialist Ness Wadia are co-owners of the Kings XI Punjab Indian Premier League (IPL) team. The incident had taken place at the Wankhede Stadium on May 30, 2014, during an IPL match.
According to the actress, Ness Wadia was allegedly abusing the team staff over ticket distribution when she asked him to calm down as their team was winning.
He, however, abused and molested her by grabbing her arm, Preity Zinta had alleged.
Preity had lodged a police complaint against Ness Wadia in 2014, under few sections including 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 504 (intentional insult), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 509 (using word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the Indian Penal Code.
Police had filed a charge sheet in this case against Ness Wadia in February this year.
Later, the industrialist approached the high court for the case to be canceled. In his petition, Ness Wadia claimed the case arose out of “personal vengeance” and that the incident was merely a “misunderstanding”.
Well, we can’t comment on the government’s verdict in this case. But we’d like to say that in the on-going #MeToo movement, kindly do not misuse the trend and report the genuine cases.
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