New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned 10 Telugu movie personalities in reference to the medication racket which had rocked the movie trade 4 years in the past.
The ED has requested actors Rakul Preet Singh, Rana Daggubati, Ravi Teja, Charmee Kaur, Navdeep, Mumaith Khan and director Puri Jagnnadh to look 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 Rana and Rakul Preet who weren’t questioned by the Particular Investigation Workforce (SIT) of Telangana excise and prohibition division two years in the past, have additionally been summoned by the ED, Freepress Journal reported.
Tollywood circles are nervous over the questioning of the movie personalities about their attainable involvement in medication 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 look on September 6 whereas Rana has been summoned on September 8.
Final month, a courtroom in Hyderabad had accepted the cost sheets filed by the Particular Investigation Workforce of Telangana’s excise and prohibition division
The medication racket was busted on July 2, 2017, when customs officers arrested Calvin Mascarenhas, a musician, and two others and seized medication value Rs 30 lakh from their possession.
They’d reportedly informed the investigators that they’re supplying medication to movie celebrities, software program engineers, and even college students of some company faculties. Cell numbers of some Tollywood celebrities had been allegedly discovered of their contact lists.
In 2019, the NGO filed a sequence of purposes underneath the Proper to Data Act (RTI) to know the standing of the probe and the motion taken to date.
It alleged that deliberate makes an attempt had been made to hush up the case. It stated whereas instances had been registered towards those that introduced medication to Hyderabad, no motion was taken towards the middlemen and customers within the metropolis.
The accused towards whom instances had been booked embody Rafeal Alex Victor, a South African citizen, Puttakar Ranson Joseph, working within the movie trade 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 shoppers of the accused.
The authorities had recovered 3,000 items 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.