With the Enforcement Directorate (ED) summoning 10 Telugu movie personalities, the highlight is again on the medicine racket which had rocked the movie business 4 years in the past.
The ED on Wednesday issued notices to 10 individuals linked to Tollywood and two others together with a non-public membership supervisor as a part of a cash laundering probe linked to the medicine racket.
The ED has requested actors Rakul Preet Singh, Rana Daggubati, Ravi Teja, Charmee Kaur, Navdeep, Mumaith Khan and director Puri Jagnnadh to seem earlier than it between August 31 and September 22
Tanish, Nandu, actor Ravi Teja’s driver Srinivas are additionally amongst these summoned.
The event has created ripples in Tollywood as the 2 main actors who weren’t questioned by the Particular Investigation Staff (SIT) of Telangana excise and prohibition division two years in the past, have additionally been summoned by the ED.
Tollywood circles are anxious over the questioning of the movie personalities about their doable involvement in medicine and cash laundering. Nevertheless, an ED official has clarified that for now they are going to be handled solely as witnesses.
Rakul Preet has been requested to seem on September 6 whereas Rana has been summoned on September 8. Each weren’t within the record of celebrities questioned by SIT earlier.
The ED has requested Ravi Teja to seem on September 9 and Mumaith Khan has been summoned on September 15.
Final month, a court docket in Hyderabad had accepted the cost sheets filed by the Particular Investigation Staff of Telangana’s excise and prohibition division
The medicine racket was busted on July 2, 2017 when customs officers arrested Calvin Mascarenhas, a musician, and two others and seized medicine price Rs 30 lakh from their possession.
That they had reportedly instructed the investigators that they’re supplying medicine to movie celebrities, software program engineers, and even college students of some company colleges. Cellular numbers of some Tollywood celebrities had been allegedly discovered of their contact lists.
The excise division had constituted SIT for a complete probe. A complete of 12 instances had been registered, 30 folks had been arrested whereas 62 people together with 11 folks linked with Tollywood had been examined by the SIT below part 67 of the Narcotic Medicine and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act and part 161 of Legal Process Code.
The SIT had collected blood, hair, nail and different samples from a few of those that appeared earlier than it for questioning and despatched them for evaluation.
Actors Ravi Teja, Charmme Kaur, Mumaith Khan, well-known director Puri Jagannath and younger actors Tarun Kumar and P. Navadeep had been among the many stars who had been questioned by the SIT.
Cinematographer Shyam Ok. Naidu, actors Subbaraju, Tanish, Nandu and Ravi Teja’s driver Srinivas had been additionally amongst these questioned.
The SIT filed a cost sheet in eight out of the 12 instances. It, nonetheless, gave clear chit to the movie personalities who had been questioned as a part of the investigation.
The Discussion board for Good Governance, a non-government group, had raised an objection saying the investigation was being intentionally delayed because of the involvement of celebrities.
In 2019, the NGO filed a sequence of functions below the Proper to Data Act (RTI) to know the standing of the probe and the motion taken up to now.
It alleged that deliberate makes an attempt had been made to hush up the case. It mentioned whereas instances had been registered in opposition to those that introduced medicine to Hyderabad, no motion was taken in opposition to the middlemen and customers within the metropolis.
The accused in opposition to whom instances had been booked embody Rafeal Alex Victor, a South African citizen, Puttakar Ranson Joseph, working within the movie business as a supervisor. Joseph was the supervisor of main actor Kajal Agarwal who sacked him after his arrest. The NGO alleged that no try was made to hint the purchasers of the accused.
The authorities had recovered 3,000 models of Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD), 105 grams of MDMA (generally often called ecstasy), 45 grams of cocaine and different narcotic and psychotropic substances from the accused.