Director Puri Jagannadh will seem earlier than the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday because the central company is all set to started questioning Tollywood personalities in reference to the medicine racket which had rocked the movie business 4 years in the past. The questioning is more likely to convey to mild new information concerning the medicine racket which was busted with the arrest of drug peddlers in 2017.
The ED officers will probably be questioning these summoned concerning the alleged money-laundering side of the case. The company final week issued notices to 10 individuals linked to Tollywood and two others, together with a personal membership supervisor, as a part of a money-laundering probe linked to the medicine racket.
Actors Rakul Preet Singh, Rana Daggubati, Ravi Teja, Charmee Kaur, Navdeep, Mumaith Khan, and director Jagannadh have been requested to look earlier than ED between August 31 and September 22
Tanish, Nandu, and actor Ravi Teja’s driver Srinivas are additionally amongst these summoned.
The event has created ripples in Tollywood as two main actors who weren’t questioned by the Particular Investigation Crew (SIT) of the Telangana Excise and Prohibition Division two years in the past, have additionally been summoned by the ED.
Rakul Preet has been requested to look on September 6 whereas Rana of ‘Baahubali’ fame has been summoned on September 8.
The questioning by the ED will convey the main target again on the case, which was in chilly storage and was even thought of useless by many because of the clear chit given by SIT to the movie personalities.
Tollywood circles are anxious the event because the ED investigation might convey out new information linking it the probe confronted by some Bollywood actors. Nonetheless, an ED official has clarified that for now these summoned will probably be handled solely as witnesses.
The ED has requested Ravi Teja to look on September 9 whereas Mumaith Khan has been summoned on September 15. The medicine racket was busted on July 2, 2017 when customs officers arrested Calvin Mascarenhas, a musician, and two others and seized medicine value Rs 30 lakh from their possession.
That they had reportedly advised the investigators that they’re supplying medicine 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.
The Excise Division had constituted the SIT for a complete probe. A complete of 12 instances had been registered, 30 individuals had been arrested whereas 62 people together with 11 individuals 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 query and despatched them for evaluation.
Actors Ravi Teja, Charmme Kaur, Mumaith Khan, Jagannadh and younger actors Tarun Kumar and Navdeep had been among the many stars who had been questioned by the SIT.
Cinematographer Shyam Ok Naidu, actors Subbaraju, Tanish, Nandu and Teja’s driver had been additionally amongst these questioned.
The SIT filed a cost sheet in eight out of 12 instances. It, nevertheless, gave clear chit to the movie personalities who had been questioned as a part of the investigation.
The accused in opposition to whom instances had been booked embrace Rafeal Alex Victor, a South African citizen, and 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. An NGO, nevertheless, 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 generally known as ecstasy), 45 grams of cocaine and different narcotic and psychotropic substances from the accused.