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Aryan Khan gets a huge relief in Drugs Case


Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan was arrested in a drugs case and was drilled for days. He was sent to the custody and was granted bail after weeks. The Narcotics Control Bureau wanted the youngster to appear before the office every Friday. Aryan Khan challenged this in the Bombay High Court and the youngster received a huge relief. The court asked Aryan Khan to appear before the officials in New Delhi during the investigation whenever he is called.

Aryan Khan argued that his case was moved to a Special Investigation Team in Delhi and his visit to Mumbai office makes no sense. The court announced its decision and Aryan got a relief finally. He was arrested on October 2nd from a Mumbai-based cruise that is on its way to Goa. The preliminary investigation revealed that Aryan Khan was a consumer of drugs though the officials could not recover any banned drugs from Aryan Khan. He was granted bail by the Bombay High Court on October 28th. The NCB officials produced the WhatsApp chats of Aryan Khan as proof.

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ED to close Tollywood drugs case citing ‘no evidence’!


The Enforcement Directorate has reportedly decided to close the sensational Tollywood drugs case that came to light in 2017 after Telangana Excise department has registered 12 cases and arrested about 50 persons including key accused Kelvin and others.

The ED investigated whether Tollywood actors, directors, producers resorted to money laundering in the drugs case.

The ED summoned as many as 12 Tollywood personalities in September and October this year for investigation.

It examined the bank accounts of Tollywood personalities to detect whether they have diverted funds from their accounts to drug peddlers to purchase drugs.

The ED called producer-director Puri Jagannadh, actors Ravi Teja, Tarun, Navdeep, actress Charmee among others for questioning.

However, the ED reportedly did not find any evidence against Tollywood personalities of indulging in money laundering in drugs case.

For this reason, the ED has reportedly decided to close this case and file a chargesheet in the court stating that there was no evidence that Tollywood personalities indulged in money laundering.

The ED already gave a clean chit to Tollywood personalities earlier stating that there was no evidence that they consumed drugs after collecting their nail and hair samples and sent for forensic tests

The forensic tests reportedly found that they have not consumed drugs or narcotic substances.

Against this backdrop, the Tollywood drugs case is all set to be closed completely after four years.

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Ananya Pandey’s name surfaced in Drugs Case


In a major development, the Mumbai residence of Bollywood beauty Ananya Panday was raided by the officials of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) today morning and the actress has been asked to attend for questioning this afternoon at 2 PM. It is heard that the name of Ananya Panday surfaced on the WhatsApp chats during the recent investigation that is done by the agency. Ananya Panday is the daughter of actor Chunky Pandey and she is currently shooting for Puri Jagannadh’s Liger that has Vijay Devarakonda in the lead role.

Ananya Panday and Shah Rukh Khan’s daughter Suhana are best friends. Recently, Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan is arrested in a drugs case and the investigation is currently on. Ananya Panday’s name was under scanner from the past few days after the arrest of Aryan Khan. The NCB officials even paid their visit to Mannat, the residence of Shah Rukh Khan today. Aryan Khan’s bail petition will come for hearing before the Bombay High Court this afternoon.

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Rana quizzed by ED about Club Parties


The Enforcement Directorate Officials served notices for 12 Tollywood celebrities and they have been asked to appear before the agency. Tollywood actor Rana Daggubati appeared before ED officials yesterday and he submitted his bank statements as requested by the officials. The ED drilled Rana Daggubati for seven hours and he was questioned about his connection with the main accused Calvin in the drugs case. Rana denied connection with any drug dealers.

Soon after this, Rana was questioned about several club parties in the city and his involvement in the parties. He was questioned about the parties that took place in Hyderabad’s F Bar. Rana left the ED office after completing the investigation. The ED officials are examining his bank accounts and he may be called once again if there is something suspicious. Rana Daggubati is done with the shoot of Virata Parvam and the actor is shooting for Pawan Kalyan’s Bheemla Nayak for now.

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Tollywood drugs case: ED questions actor Nandu, Mascarenhas


The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday questioned Tollywood actor Nandu, key accused Calvin Mascarenhas, and two others in connection with a money laundering probe linked to four-year-old drug case.

Nandu, who arrived at the ED office in the morning, was quizzed for more than eight hours. He was reportedly asked about his financial transactions and bank details.

The actor was summoned by the ED for questioning on September 20. It was not clear if the ED officials summoned him early at his request or wanted to question him before grilling others.

He is the fourth Tollywood personality questioned by the ED. Director Puri Jagannadh and actors Charmee Kaur and Rakul Preet Singh were questioned since August 31.

The ED had last month issued notices to 10 persons connected to Tollywood and two others including a private club manager as part of a money laundering probe linked to the drugs racket.

Actors Rana Daggubati, Ravi Teja, Navdeep, Mumaith Khan, Tanish and Ravi Teja’s driver Srinivas have also been summoned in connection the drugs racket which was busted with the arrest of drug peddlers in 2017.

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

They had reportedly told the investigators that they are supplying drugs to film celebrities, software engineers, and even students of some corporate schools. Mobile numbers of some Tollywood celebrities were allegedly found in their contact lists.

The Excise Department had constituted SIT for a comprehensive probe. A total of 12 cases were registered, 30 people were arrested while 62 individuals including 11 people connected with Tollywood were examined by the SIT under Section 67 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act and Section 161 of Criminal Procedure Code.

The SIT had collected blood, hair, nail and other samples from some of those who appeared before it for question and sent them for analysis.

It had filed a charge sheet in eight out of 12 cases. It, however, gave clean chit to the film personalities who were questioned as part of the investigation.

Meanwhile, the ED also questioned Mascarenhas and two other accused Abdul Wahed and Abdul Quddus who were caught with the drugs, grilling them about their suspected financial transactions with some Tollywood personalities.

In another development, Central Crime Station (CCS) police on Tuesday filed a charge sheet in a drug case booked against Mascarenhas in 2016. A city court accepted the charge sheet and ordered him to appear on October 11.

Mascarenhas was arrested with LSD in August 2016 by Task Force police and a case was registered at Boenpalli police station in the city. The case was later transferred to the narcotics wing of CCS. The accused was later released on bail.

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ED Investigation: Puri Jagannadh submits crucial documents


The Enforcement Directorate served notices to 12 Tollywood celebrities and asked them to appear before the investigation team. Puri Jagannadh was the first to appear before ED and the top director submitted the track of his financial transactions between 2015 and 2021. All the bank statements of the accounts owned by Puri Jagannadh are submitted for the officials by the top director today.

Puri owns three bank accounts and the crucial documents are submitted. Charmee, Rakul Preet Singh, Rana Daggubati, Ravi Teja, Navdeep, Srinivas, Mumaith Khan, Nandu, Taneesh and Tharun will appear before ED in the coming days. Puri is currently busy with Vijay Deverakonda’s Liger and the pan-Indian film releases next year.

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Revanth accuses KTR of protecting his brother-in-law


Telugu Desam Leader Revanth Reddy said that the Telangana government is deliberately avoiding the drugs case and is acting one-sidedly in the assembly. He allegedly that government intentionally adjourned the assembly when it was his turn to ask question on drugs issue. Speaking to reporters at the media point after the assembly was adjourned on its first day, the Kodangal MLA alleged the involvement of minister K T Rama Rao’s brother-in-law Raj Pakala in promoting narcotics trade.

He noted that TRS government gave permission to more pubs than the previous governments in erstwhile Andhra Pradesh. Revanth deplored the government for giving permission to David Guetta concert. He asked when permission was denied in Mumbai, Goa and Bengaluru fearing drug abuse and harassment against women, why did Telangana government give permission? The TTDP leader said that only to benefit the firm “Events now”, run by KTR’s brother-in-law the government is giving permission recklessly.

Revanth said that the government is hatching a conspiracy to avoid the discussion use of narcotics fearing that some big names in the government will be exposed.

He recalled that whenever he raised drugs issue, Home Minister Nayani Narsimha Reddy accused him of going to clubs. He noted that when asked to collect blood samples of Minister KTR and his, there is no answer from the government.

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Drugs Case: Puri probed on casting Pawan Kalyan

The very first question to Telugu filmmaker Puri Jagannadh, by Telangana’s excise officials probing a drug racket was about his movie with Pawan Kalyan, Cameraman Ganga toh Rambabu. He was asked questions like “Why did you direct that movie?” “Who is behind it?” “Why did you cast Pawan Kalyan?”

BJP leader and lawyer Raghu Nandan Rao, who played a key role as advisor in Charmi’s petition and advising other films stars, reportedly said that the officials wanted to pressurise Puri in the wake of disputes between Kalyan and Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao’s family. The lawyer seemingly asked, “how are these questions related to Drugs Case?”

Even the maverick director has attributed that there were some questions with political perspective. Apparently, the maverick director was asked a few more questions in this angle by SIT officials.

However, in a latest development Jana Sena chief Kalyan, Chief Minister KCR and Minister KTR were seen conversing at Raj Bhavan earlier this week.

Enforcement Director Akun Sabharwal is yet to react on these accusations. Nonetheless the SIT has been facing criticism ever since the Drugs case trail commenced.

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Drugs case charge sheet to be filed in court by December


Excise and Enforcement Director Akun Sabharwal said the charge sheet will be filed in the court by the end of December in the drugs case. Speaking to media on Friday, he said that the investigation of the drugs case will continue to be active.

He said that in the due course of investigation, the witnesses are being questioned and based on the discussions with NCP officials and lawmakers’ evidences are being collected. Special Investigation team had arrested 22 individuals in the 11 cases registered so far. Mr.Sabharwal said that the details about the witnesses cannot be disclosed now.

In the case of probing the film personalities, the police will act as per the law. He said that they have sent the samples collected from the Tollywood actors to the forensics department. The police are awaiting report from the forensics.

Mr. Sabharwal said that the government is supporting the SIT in the drugs probe. He said that they are ensuring to create awareness about Drugs menace and are striving to bring about social responsibility among people by educating them. He added that the educational institutions have responded positively to the drive.

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SIT continues questioning Tollywood artists in drug case

Telangana’s Prohibition and Excise authorities on Tuesday continued questioning of Telugu film industry personalities in connection with the Hyderabad drug racket case.

On Tuesday, art director Dharma Rao appeared before the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the racket.

SIT officials began questioning him at around 10.30 a.m., at Abkari Bhavan, the office of Prohibition and Excise Department.

Chinna is the sixth artist from Tollywood to be questioned in the case.

SIT officials on Monday grilled actor P. Navdeep for over 11 hours.

The investigating team has summoned 12 celebrities for questioning as their contact numbers were found in the call data of Calvin Mascrenhas, the kingpin of the racket.

Actors Tarun and Subbaraju, director Puri Jagannadh and cinematographer Shyam K. Naidu were interrogated last week.

Actors Ravi Teja and Nandu, actresses Charmme Kaur and Mumaith Khan are among the other celebrities who will be questioned this week.

Charmme Kaur’s petition seeking direction to SIT not to compel her to give samples of body fluids, hair and nails is scheduled to come up for hearing in Hyderabad High Court later in the day.

Enforcement, Prohibition and Excise Director Akun Sabharwal on Monday clarified that the SIT is collecting the samples only with the written consent of the persons questioned.

The SIT has so far registered seven cases and arrested 19 accused. It has questioned a total of 28 people.

The case took a new turn on Monday when SIT arrested manager of leading actress Kajal Aggarwal.

Puttkar Ronson Joseph was arrested from his house in Manikonda here. Narcotic substances were recovered from his possession.

The department has so far recovered 3,000 units of LSD, 105 grams of MDMA, 45 grams of cocaine and other narcotic and psychotropic substance.

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Akun Sabharwal postpones leave due to severity of drugs case

Excise Enforcement Director Akun Sabharwal is hailed as the Baahubali for fighting against Gudumba. In his following stint to unearth the drug mafia in Telangana, Sabharwal now has become a household name. However, he informed the media yesterday that he was granted personal leave from 17July.

This raised eyebrow as he was going on vacation when the Tollywood individuals who received notices in the Drugs case will be probed by the Special Investigation team. Consequently, Sabharwal had to reschedule his leave to rubbish the allegations of being compelled. He said that in view of the seriousness of the case, he postponed his leave.

So far as many as 12 drug peddlers were arrested, after the drug racket was exposed. Based on their mobile phones records reveal as many as 16 individuals from Tollywood were summoned.

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