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 August 25

by Carolina

Enforcement Directorate has summoned Rakul Preet Singh, Rana Daggubati among other celebrities.

HYDERABAD: A four-year-old drugs case has come back to hunt Tollywood celebrities. Enforcement Directorate has summoned 12 Tollywood celebrities in connection with the money laundering case in drug trafficking and consumption.

ED has summoned top Tollywood director Puri Jagannadh on August 31.

Tollywood actors Rakul Preet Singh, Ravi Teja, Charmee Kaur, Navdeep, Mumaith Khan, Tanish, Nandu, Tarun and Baahubali fame Rana Daggubati have been summoned.

Ravi Teja’s driver Srinivas and an unidentified person working as general manager of F Club were also summoned.

The summons was issued for them to attend from September 2 to 22. The ED also summoned the excise department sleuths who investigated the case.

Interestingly, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the excise department didn’t proceed against the film actors due to lack of evidence then though they were questioned.

It was assumed that they were indirectly given clean chit then as no charge sheet has been filed against them.

“Around 12 cases were booked by Telangana Excise and Prohibition department and 11 charge sheets were filled. Mostly drug traffickers around eight persons were charge sheeted in the cases then. Most of them are lower-level drug traffickers. We have called excise officials as witnesses. Likewise, till we get evidence Tollywood celebrities will be considered as witnesses. Their names have figured in the investigation,” said an ED official.

Rakul Preet Singh was asked to appear on September 6 and Rana Daggubati on September 8 and Ravi Teja on September 9. Mumaith Khan was asked to appear on November 15.

SIT in 2017 July has collected hair and nail samples of 62 suspects including Tollywood celebrities but nothing has been revealed by the SIT on this.

One of the charge sheet was filed against South African national Rafael Alex Victor for allegedly trafficking cocaine from Mumbai to Hyderabad and for selling it in Hyderabad. Rafael was arrested in August 2017. In most of the cases, African nationals who were lower rung traffickers were charge sheeted.

When SIT questioned the accused then all the actors denied the role. Even in the tweets actors like Navdeep and Tarun vehemently denied their role.


Original posted at timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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