ED Summons Tollywood Celebrities Rakul Preet, Rana Daggubati, Ravi Teja and Puri Jagannadh in Drug Case | Hyderabad News


HYDERABAD: A four-year drug case has returned to hunt down Tollywood celebrities. The Enforcement Department summoned 12 celebrities from Tollywood in connection with the money laundering in drug trafficking and consumption case.
ED summoned Tollywood CEO 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 were summoned.
Ravi Teja’s driver, Srinivas, and an unidentified person working as the general manager of the F Club were also summoned.
The summons was issued to them from September 2 to 22. The ED also summoned detectives from the excise department who investigated the case.
Interestingly, the Excise Department’s Special Investigation Team (SIT) did not prosecute the actors in the film due to lack of evidence while they were questioned.
It was assumed that they had then indirectly received a purchase order, as no indictment had been filed against them.
“About 12 cases were registered by the Telangana Excise and Prohibition Department and 11 charge sheets were completed. Most of the drug traffickers, around eight people were charged in the cases at the era. Most of them are lower level drug traffickers. We have called excise officials as witnesses. Likewise, until we get evidence, Tollywood celebrities will be considered as witnesses. witnesses. Their names appeared in the investigation, ”said an ED official.
Rakul Preet Singh was invited to appear on September 6, Rana Daggubati on September 8 and Ravi Teja on September 9. Mumaith Khan was invited to appear on November 15.
In July 2017, SIT collected hair and nail samples from 62 suspects, including celebrities from Tollywood, but nothing was revealed by SIT about this.
One of the indictments was filed against South African national Rafael Alex Victor for alleged trafficking in cocaine from Mumbai to Hyderabad and for its sale in Hyderabad. Rafael was arrested in August 2017. In most cases, African nationals who were low-ranking traffickers have been charged.
When SIT questioned the accused, all of the cast denied the role. Even in the tweets, actors like Navdeep and Tarun vehemently denied their roles.
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