The city police have quizzed Aditya whose photographs were shot inside the Amba Vilas Palace along with his fiancée Navyatha. Adithya is a son of former bureaucrat B G Nandakumar and Navyatha is a daughter of an IPS officer from Andhra Pradesh.
Adithya was summoned to the city on Thursday evening after the police questioned Venkataramana who owns Photriya Photography, a Hyderabad-based photo studio.
Grilling Adithya for almost four hours, the city police team led by Deputy Commission of Police (Law and Order) Dr H T Shekhar elicited information from him as to who gave them permission to shoot inside the palace.
Sources told this newspaper that Adithya told the police that he had agreed to a package deal of photo and video shoots offered by Venkataramana where Mysore palace was also one among the locations.
Though the police officers are tight-lipped over Adithya’s statements, sources confirmed to this newspaper that his statements were similar to that of Venkataramana who has not named any official who permitted them inside the palace. The report prepared by the DCP would be submitted to Deputy Commissioner C Shikha in a day or two.
In his written statement, Venkataramana has stated that he and Adithya were good friends and the latter had requested him to shoot his photos along with his fiancée. “There was an opportunity for me to visit the Mysore Palace along with the couple and since I was carrying a camera I thought it fit to take certain photographs of the couple. In the process, a couple of photos were taken outside the palace,” he has stated.
“Casually we requested the palace security near the entrance of the palace to go inside. They permitted us to go and told us to come back immediately. We went inside and after seeing the beauty I was tempted to take pictures of Adithya and his would-be wife in different angles and within 10 minutes we came back,” he has written in his statement.