In an affidavit, handed over to the organizers of the contest,
she submitted: "I say that I am unmarried till date.
I have never been through any ceremony either valid or invalid,
whether civil, religious or tribal--which is reckoned as
a marriage ceremony in any part if the world. And I say
that I am legally entitled to use the prefix Miss before
Laxmi in her affidavit further admitted that she had "represented"
to the licensor of her rented premises and the sub-registrar
to be a married lady "as it was the only basis on which
I could get the said premises on leave and license. I have,
however, realised that such incorrect representation made
by me has resulted in me putting in a situation affecting
my credibility and tarnishing my image," the affidavit
Pandit stated in her affidavit that, "Being declared
a winner of Ponds Femina Miss India (World) 2004, I am expected
to maintain the decorum of being a role model for the youth
of India. In view of my incorrect statement in the said
agreement... I do not desire to represent India at the Miss
"I am aware that at such an international event, importance
is given to the image of the contestant. I do not rule out
the possibility that the panel of judges at the Miss World
Pageant could consider my incorrect statement to be a criterion
to disqualify me, thereby affecting the chances of India
at the contest."
According to A P Parigi, Managing Director, Times Infotainment
India Media Ltd, the affidavit has been accepted and the
committee has accepted her voluntary act of relinquishing
the crown. “All rights over the said contestant and
contractual obligations ended following her decision to
relinquish the crown", he said.
Meanwhile, Pandit in a statement to the press, said that
her dreams had crashed and the media scrutiny had taken
its toll on her and her family. "The trauma and emotional
upheaval" had prevented her from holding to the crown.