Tollywood actor Ravi Teja and his driver appeared before the Directorate of Enforcement (ED) on Thursday in connection with a money laundering investigation related to the 2017 drug case.
The popular actor arrived at the ER here around 10 a.m. in response to the agency’s subpoena.
Ravi Teja’s driver and assistant Srinivas also appeared before Emergency Department officials. Both are likely to be questioned about their financial transactions.
It is also likely that they will call again to question Key’s defendant, Calvin Mascarenhas. His statement was recorded on Tuesday and celebrities are being questioned based on his statement.
Ravi Teja is the sixth Tollywood personality to appear before ED. Director Puri Jagannadh and actors Charmee Kaur, Rakul Preet Singh, Nandu and Rana Daggubati have been questioned since August 31.
Rana was questioned for nearly seven hours on Wednesday as part of the investigation into alleged links of some celebrities to the defendants involved in the case.
Last month, the Emergency Department issued notices to 10 people related to Tollywood and two others, including the manager of a private club, as part of a money laundering investigation linked to the case related to the smuggling of narcotic substances’ Class A ‘, including LSD and MDMA.
Actors Navdeep, Mumaith Khan and Tanish have also been summoned by the Emergency Department in relation to drug trafficking that was broken with the arrest of drug traffickers in 2017.
Rana and Rakul Preet were not on the list of Tollywood celebrities questioned by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Telangana’s excise and prohibition department in 2017.
However, Rakul Preet was questioned by the Office of Narcotics Control, Mumbai, last year in an alleged drug nexus in Bollywood.
The drug business was arrested on July 2, 2017 when customs officials arrested Calvin Mascarenhas, a musician, and two other people and seized drugs worth 30 lakh rupees of your possession.
Investigators had reportedly been told they were supplying drugs to movie celebrities, software engineers and even students at some corporate schools. The mobile numbers of some Tollywood celebrities were allegedly found on their contact lists.
The excise department had set up the SIT for a thorough investigation. A total of 12 cases were recorded, 30 people were arrested while 62 people, including 11 people related to Tollywood, were examined by the SIT under section 67 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS) and section 161 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.
Among those arrested were an American, a South African and a Dutch.
The SIT had collected blood, hair, nails and other samples from some of those who appeared before it for questioning and sent them for analysis.
The SIT submitted a charge sheet in eight of the 12 cases. However, he gave a good note to the film’s personalities who were questioned as part of the investigation.
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