Actor Rana Daggubati arrives at ED office
Hyderabad: Actor Rana Daggubati on Wednesday morning came to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) office in Hyderabad to attend for probe in drugs case. He was mobbed at the entrance by reporters, photographers, and cameramen of various news and entertainment channels. The police escorted the actor to the upper floor of the building where the ED office in located.
On Tuesday, the ED questioned actor Nandu about his financial dealings with Kelvin Mascarenhas, prime accused in the drugs case. He reportedly told them that he knew Kelvin as an event manager and his financial transactions were related to events only.
At around 5 AM on September 8, ED officials went to Kelvin, Wahab, and Quddu’s houses and conducted searches. After that, Wahab and Quddus were brought to the ED office, examined for their bank transactions. The authorities have reportedly found that money had been heavily transferred from all three accounts of Kelvin, Wahab, and Quddus.
According to reports, the Bahubali actor had not appeared before the excise special investigation team (SIT) in 2017. Moreover, the excise department investigation did not name any actors in the chargesheet due to a lack of evidence. The agency has summoned the celebrities to appear for questioning from September 2 to 22. Rakul Preet Singh had been asked to appear on September 6 and Rana Daggubati on September 8. In addition, Ravi Teja has been on September 9.
Tollywood Drug Scam:
It is to mention here that Tollywood Drug Scam in June 2017, authorities in Hyderabad busted a drug racket in which about 1,000 students from leading private schools and colleges in the city were allegedly found using high-end drugs. The racket also exposed that the dealers allegedly supplied drugs to several prominent personalities from the Telugu film industry. This included prominent names like popular director Puri Jagannadh and actor Ravi Teja, who were summoned and questioned by authorities after their names cropped up in the call data of Calvin Mascarenhas, the alleged kingpin of the drug racket. However, the case against the actors was not proceeded by the SIT department due to the lack of evidence.