Cops probing Bollywood, Tollywood links in IPL spot-fixing

Mumbai: Mumbai police today grilled a casting director who sent photographs of models to S Sreesanth and has summoned a Telugu film producer having business links with the tainted India pacer for questioning in connection with its probe into the IPL spot-fixing scandal.

Sources in the Crime Branch, which is investigating the case, said Sreesanth`s e-mail account had dozens of photographs of models sent by the casting director over the past few months on request.

In some of those, he was found "moving very closely" with the models, they said, adding the cricketer`s laptop also had photographs of some foreigners, who could be cheerleaders.

"The director claimed that Sreesanth wanted the photographs of the models for the purpose of selecting them for advertisements to promote his company S36, which is into supplying mineral water, apparels and sports goods," a Crime Branch officer told PTI.

According to police, a Telugu film producer, who is believed to be in partnership with Sreesanth in the S36, has also been summoned.

"In a day or two, the producer will be questioned," the officer added.

He said a person from Tamarind Tours and Travels through which the cricketer booked two rooms in 5 star Sofitel hotel in suburban Bandra was also questioned.

Sources said they are also verifying if the casting director`s e-mails containing photos of the models were also sent to other cricketers.