Two leading Telugu film actresses,
who were caught in a prostitution racket busted by the Hyderabad
police, Saira Banu and Jyoti were released, while seven others who
were arrested along with them were sent to judicial custody.
Saira Banu and Jyoti, who played lead roles in many films, were
arrested along with a woman from Uzbekistan and their customers
from an apartment in the upscale Kundan Bagh neighborhood. While
the actresses were released by a city court after they pleaded innocence,
the remaining accused were remanded to judicial custody till September
The actresses said that they were not involved in the sex racket.
Jyoti claimed that she had gone to the apartment on invitation from
an assistant director Chandu to discuss a film proposal. She said
she was not aware that he was running a sex racket.
All the accused were taken to Panjagutta police station and from
there to Nampally criminal court in Hyderabad. The police said six
others, including a woman, were running the sex racket. They had
agreed to pay Rs.10 lakh to Uzbek national Sabrina for 10 days.