Actress Mumaith Khan appeared before the Directorate of Enforcement (ED) for questioning on Wednesday in connection with a money laundering investigation related to a drug case that rocked Tollywood in 2017.
Mumaith had rocked the 2003 blockbuster “Munna Bhai MBBS” on the title track “Dekh Le” alongside Jimmy Shergill.
The actress, known for her article numbers in South Indian films, arrived at the ER around 10 a.m. in response to the agency’s subpoena.
ED detectives are likely to question her about her suspicious financial transactions and whether she attended parties at the ‘F’ club, which was once owned by actor Navdeep. The ED questioned Navdeep and a former club general manager on Monday.
Director Puri Jagannadh and actors Charmee Kaur, Rakul Preet Singh, Nandu, Daggubati Rana, Ravi Teja and Navdeep were other Tollywood personalities questioned. The agency also questioned Ravi Teja’s driver and assistant, Srinivas. They were all grilled for 8-10 hours each.
Mumaith Khan is the seventh person from the Telugu film industry to appear before the Emergency Department since it began questioning him on August 31 in a money laundering investigation in connection with a high-level drug trade busted by the prohibition department. and excise duties from Telangana.
Actor Ravi Teja and his driver and assistant Srinivas had appeared before Emergency Department officials on September 9. Navdeep is considered a close friend of Ravi Teja.
The questioning was believed to revolve around his suspicious financial transactions with those involved in the drug case.
Last month, the Emergency Department issued notices to a dozen people related to Tollywood as part of a money laundering investigation related to the case involving the smuggling of ‘Class A’ narcotic substances, including LSD and MDMA.
ED officials also questioned first defendant Calvin Mascarenhas and two other defendants Abdul Quddus and Abdul Wahed.
Actors Tanish and Tarun have also been summoned by the Emergency Department in relation to drug trafficking which was broken with the arrest of drug dealers in 2017.
The drug business broke down on July 2, 2017 when customs officials arrested Calvin Mascarenhas, a musician, and two other people and seized Rs 30 lakh worth of drugs.
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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