Actor Navdeep on Monday appeared earlier than the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in reference to a cash laundering probe linked to a medication case that has rocked Tollywood in 2017. The actor reached the ED workplace 10.30 a.m. in response to the summons issued by the company. He was seen holding some papers in his palms and they’re believed to be associated to his monetary transactions.
After a niche of three days, the ED officers resumed questioning in cash laundering probe in reference to a high-end medicine racket busted by Telangana’s prohibition and excise division.
Navdeep is the seventh particular person from Telugu movie trade to look earlier than the ED because it started the questioning on August 31. Actor Ravi Teja and his driver and aide Srinivas had appeared earlier than the ED officers on September 9. Navdeep is taken into account a detailed good friend of Ravi Teja.
Director Puri Jagannadh and actors Charmee Kaur, Rakul Preet Singh, Nandu and Daggubati Rana had been different Tollywood personalities questioned. They had been all grilled for 8-10 hours every.
The questioning was believed to be round their suspicious monetary transactions with these concerned in drug case.
Basic supervisor of a personal membership additionally appeared for questioning on Monday.
The ED had final month issued notices to a couple of dozen individuals related to Tollywood as a part of a cash laundering probe linked to the case associated to the smuggling of ‘Class A’ narcotic substances, together with LSD and MDMA.
The ED officers additionally questioned prime accused Calvin Mascarenhas and two different accused Abdul Quddus and Abdul Wahed.
Actors Mumaith Khan, Tanish, Nandu and Tarun have additionally been summoned by the ED in connection the medicine racket which was busted with the arrest of drug peddlers in 2017.
Rana and Rakul Preet didn’t determine within the record of Tollywood celebrities questioned by the Particular Investigation Group (SIT) of Telangana’s prohibition and excise division in 2017.
Nevertheless, Rakul Preet was questioned by the Narcotics Management Bureau, Mumbai, final yr in an alleged medicine nexus in Bollywood.
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.
They’d 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 SIT for a complete probe. A complete of 12 circumstances had been registered, 30 individuals had been arrested whereas 62 people together with 11 individuals related with Tollywood had been examined by the SIT beneath part 67 of the Narcotic Medication and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act and part 161 of Felony Process Code.
An American, a South African and a Netherlands nationwide had been amongst these arrested.
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.
The SIT filed chargesheet in eight out of 12 circumstances. It, nevertheless, gave clear chit to the movie personalities who had been questioned as a part of the investigation.