In 2014, Bollywood actress Preity Zinta had filed a case of molestation and verbal abuse against her ex-boyfriend and co-owner of the IPL team Kings XI Punjab, Ness Wadia.
Now, both Preity and Ness are willing to end the case, but the actress wants an apology.
Zinta’s advocate told the court that the actor is willing to settle the matter if Wadia is ready to apologise. The lawyer said they were not insisting on a written apology.
On the other hand, Wadia’s counsel Abad Ponda, however, said the industrialist was not ready to apologise.
“We want to bury the hatchet, but my client(Wadia) is not ready to apologise. The complainant (Zinta) wants to extract an apology and get media attention,” he told HC.
So, A division bench of Justices Ranjit More and Bharti Dangre was hearing a petition, then suggested the parties to settle the matter.
“Just finish it off now,” Justice More said while directing both Wadia and Zinta to appear before the court on October 9.
He said the matter would be heard in chamber on the next date.
For the uninitiated, Preity had filed a complaint against Ness alleging that during an IPL match between Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings on May 30, 2014, he assaulted her.
Preity and Ness were in a relationship for five years and the complaint alleged that he continues to harass her.
According to reports, Zinta’s complaint said that Wadia had abused the team staff over ticket distribution when he saw Zinta was seated in the Garware Pavilion. She further said she changed her seat and sat next to a friend in another enclosure, but Wadia abused her again on the ground in front of her team members.
According to reports, Wadia, who owns the Indian Premier League (IPL) team Kings XI Punjab along with Zinta, has been charged under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 354 (assault or criminal force against woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace), 506 (criminal intimidation), and 509 (word, gesture, or act intended to insult the modesty of woman).