The Enforcement Directorate summons actors Rakul Preet Singh, Rana Daggubati, and 10 others which includes Tollywood directors for questioning in a 4-year-old drugs case. However, they have not been named as ‘accused’ so far.
The Enforcement Directorate questions Tollywood in a 4-year-old drugs case
The Enforcement Directorate summons Rakul Preet Singh on September 6, Baahubali actor Rana Daggubati on September 8, Telugu actor Ravi Teja on September 9, and director Puri Jagannadh on September 31, respectively where they have been questioned in a 4-year-old drugs case.
However, according to the senior officials of the agency, Rakul Preet Singh, Rana Daggubati, Ravi Teja, or Puri Jagannath have not been named as accused. Therefore, it is premature to give opinions or say anything about the case.
In 2017, the Telangana Excise and Prohibition Department had registered 12 cases after seizing drugs worth ₹ 30 lakh. Following that, charge sheets have been filed in 11 cases.
Following the situation, the Enforcement Directorate starts an investigation into the money laundering angle in the Excise Department cases.
Until now, 30 people have been arrested and 62 others have been questioned by the Telangana Excise Department in connection with the drugs case. According to reports, 11 of the people questioned are linked to the film industry.
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Multiple cases of drug haul
In Hyderabad, there have been multiple cases of drug haul over the last few years.
To date, the biggest drug haul was in 2017 where LSD (Lysergic acid diethylamide) and cocaine from 13 people were seized in a series of raids.
The Excise Department says that users included school and college students. At least 26 schools and 27 colleges, and also parents, were informed about the situation.
Moreover, those people who have been arrested are said to be major suppliers of banned drugs to pubs, educational institutions, and rave parties in Goa and Hyderabad which have links to Pune, Mumbai, and Delhi.
Officials say that the dealers are well-educated and some of them are employees in top companies. 6 of the arrested people are engineering graduates.