Now Preity Zinta and Ness Wadia, Kings XI Punjab co-owners, under Delhi Police scanner!

Ness Wadia (in jacket) and Preity Zinta © AFP

By UnReal Mama

Please note this is a humour article – work of pure fiction 

After Chennai Super Kings (CSK) enthusiast, Gurunath Meiyappan, and Rajasthan Royals co-owners Raj Kundra and Shilpa Shetty, it is the turn of Kings XI Punjab co-owners Preity Zinta and Ness Wadia to come under the scanner of law enforcement authorities for match-fixing, or rather, the lack thereof: the estranged couple have been summoned by the special cell of the Delhi police to answer questions over the precise reason for their break-up and the current status of their relationship.

“In addition to murky ownership patterns and allegations of owner-punter nexus, there have also been a lot of questions regarding the equation between Preity and Ness,” said Delhi Police Commissioner, Neeraj Kumar. “Why did they break-up? Do they still have feelings for each other? How can they continue to jointly manage their franchise while not seeing eye to eye? Is that affecting the morale of the players? So, in public interest, which in this case is considerable, we decided to summon them as well for questioning.”

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has assured the Delhi Police of complete co-operation in investigating the matter. “We have a vested interest in that we want franchise co-owners to be on amicable terms with each other. Amid mounting troubles on other fronts, that’s one headache we can do without,” stop-gap BCCI President, Jagmohan Dalmiya, told The UnReal Times.

Wadia and Preity were separately questioned for over 12 hours, triggering media frenzy. The Bombay Dyeing scion initially insisted that he had gotten over the split and moved on,  but he later broke down and confessed to still having feelings for the dimpled Bollywood star. “It’s a good beginning, but we have more ground to cover. What led to issues between the couple? What was the tipping point? Who was more at fault? These are complex matters of the heart and we request the public to be patient as we unravel this complex Mills & Boon romance gone sour,” Neeraj Kumar told the press.

Priety has been a harder nut to crack, thus far. “She’s been very glum and refuses to present her version of the story. The only information we have managed to extract from her so far is that her starring in and producing that lousy movie ‘Ishkq in Paris’ was her way of getting back at Ness,” revealed a Delhi Police sleuth. The Delhi Police have sought permission to extend the custody of the duo since many more questions need to be answered as they endeavour to fit the pieces of the iigsaw puzzle of bruised hearts, frayed egos, and hurt feelings.

Later, the Delhi Police plan to bring the estranged couple face to face and have a go at each other. “We hope to tie up loose ends after they confront each other and reconcile the conflicting narratives of their relationship. Who knows, they might even get back together at the end of it and that is one type of match-fixing we will heartily endorse,” Neeraj Kumar noted with a half-smile on his otherwise serious face.

(Originally published in www.theunrealtimes.comUnreal Mama” is the pen name of CS Krishna & Karthik Laxman, founding editors of the site which is India’s favourite satire, spoof, parody and humour portal)