Tollywood drugs case: Actor Navdeep appears before ED

Hyderabad: Actor Navdeep on Monday appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in reference to a money-laundering probe linked to a drugs case that has rocked Tollywood in 2017.

The actor reached the ED workplace at 10.30 a.m. in response to the summons issued by the company. He was seen holding some papers in his fingers and they’re believed to be associated to his monetary transactions.

After a spot of three days, the ED officers resumed questioning in a money-laundering probe in reference to a high-end drugs racket busted by Telangana’s prohibition and excise division.

Navdeep is the seventh particular person from Telugu movie business to look before the ED because it started questioning on August 31.

Actor Ravi Teja and his driver and aide Srinivas had appeared before the ED officers on September 9. Navdeep is taken into account a detailed buddy of Ravi Teja.

Director Puri Jagannadh and actors Charmee Kaur, Rakul Preet Singh, Nandu and Daggubati Rana have been different Tollywood personalities questioned. They have been all grilled for 8-10 hours every.

The questioning was believed to be round their suspicious monetary transactions with these concerned within the drug case.

General supervisor of a personal membership additionally appeared for questioning on Monday.

The ED had final month issued notices to a few dozen folks 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 reference to the drugs 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 Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Telangana’s prohibition and excise division in 2017.

However, Rakul Preet was questioned by the Narcotics Control Bureau, Mumbai, final 12 months in an alleged drugs nexus in Bollywood.

The drugs racket was busted on July 2, 2017 when customs officers arrested Calvin Mascarenhas, a musician, and two others and seized drugs value Rs 30 lakh from their possession.

They had reportedly instructed the investigators that they’re supplying drugs to movie celebrities, software program engineers, and even college students of some company colleges. Mobile numbers of some Tollywood celebrities have been allegedly discovered of their contact lists.

The excise division had constituted SIT for a complete probe. A complete of 12 instances have been registered, 30 folks have been arrested whereas 62 people together with 11 folks related with Tollywood have been examined by the SIT below part 67 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act and part 161 of Criminal Procedure Code.

An American, a South African and a Netherlands nationwide have been amongst these arrested.

The SIT had collected blood, hair, nail and different samples from a few of those that appeared before it for questioning and despatched them for evaluation.

The SIT filed chargesheet in eight out of 12 instances. It, nonetheless, gave clear chit to the movie personalities who have been questioned as a part of the investigation.

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