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Sting operation at Sourav's restaurant, police to inquire

kolkata Updated: Aug 01, 2009 01:48 IST
Sting operation at Sourav's restaurant

A sting operation by a local TV channel at cricketer Sourav Ganguly's bar and restaurant in Kolkata showed visuals of a skimpily-clad woman dancing on the floor and the police said they will inquire into the matter.

The sting operation by Channel 10 showed the dancer performing at the restaurant-- The Food Pavilion on Park
-- on July five, allegedly in violation of rules.

Under the rules, it is illegal to engage professional performers at hotels. The Kolkata Police issues licenses only to singers.

Jawed Shamim, Deputy Commissioner Detective Department (in-charge of headquarters) said that they have asked for the video clip. "On the basis of it we will conduct an inquiry. If we find anything illegal, we will then take action."

There has been no complaint," he added.

Ganguly's elder brother Snehashis, however, said the restaurant has the required licenses.

"I am unaware of the claims made by the channel. There seems to be some vested interests who are trying to malign my brother's image at a time when he is attending the annual general meeting of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB),"
Snehashis said.

The Gangulys have not ruled out legal action against the channel accusing it for tarnishing their image.

The channel, however, denied any vested interest on its part in exposing the "sleaze" and said the main motive of
the operation was to expose the "illegal activities" carried out in the heart of Kolkata.

"We respect Sourav Ganguly and want him to be successful always. We have not accused Saurav of any involvement," Rajesh Sisodia, Executive Editor of Channel 10, said.

The former India captain was unavailable for comment.