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Tollywood drugs case: Actor Tanish appears before ED

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Actor Tanish on Friday appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for questioning in connection with a money laundering probe linked to four-year-old drug case.

The actor reached the ED office around 10 a.m. in response to the summons issued by the agency.

The ED sleuths are likely to question him if he knew Calvin Mascarenhas, a musician and prime accused in the case and if attended parties held at ‘F’ Club, which was once owned by actor Navdeep. The actor may also be grilled about his financial transactions.

Tanish is the ninth person from Telugu film industry to appear before the ED since it began questioning on August 31 in money laundering probe in connection with a high-end drugs racket busted by Telangana’s prohibition and excise department.

So far the central agency has questioned Director Puri Jagannadh and actors Charmee Kaur, Rakul Preet Singh, Nandu, Daggubati Rana, Ravi Teja, Navdeep, Mumaith Khan. It also grilled Ravi Teja’s driver and aide Srinivas and a a former general manager of ‘F’ club.

The questioning was believed to be around their suspicious financial transactions with those involved in drug case.

The ED had last month issued notices to about a dozen people connected to Tollywood as part of a money laundering probe linked to the case related to the smuggling of ‘Class A’ narcotic substances, including LSD and MDMA.

The ED officials have been summoning Calvin Mascarenhas and other accused for questioning parallel to the questioning of Tollywood personalities.

The drugs racket was busted on July 2, 2017 when customs officials arrested Calvin 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.

An American, a South African and a Netherlands national were among those arrested.

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.

The SIT filed chargesheet in eight out of 12 cases. It, however, gave clean chit to the film personalities who were questioned as part of the investigation.

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SWOT analysis Bigg Boss Telugu 2 : Tanish

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Telugu 360 has done SWOT analysis on the finalists of Bigg Boss season 1 earlier ( www.telugu360.com/will-bigg-boss-telugu-title-winner-swot-analysis ). Let’s have a look at strengths and weaknesses of the Bigg Boss season 2 contestants and their prospects to win bigg boss title show. Totally 5 contestants are in the finals- Geetha Madhuri, Kaushal, Tanish, Samrat and Deepti. In this article let’s focus on Tanish’s strength , weakness , opportunity and threats to win the coveted title.

Strengths:

Undoubtedly his strength is the value he gives for relationships. The way he helped Samrat reach the finale, shows how far he can go to help a friend. In one of the tasks he sacrificed his game for Deepthi Sunaina. Even though many people criticized Tanish for doing so, he later clarified that – for him relationships are more important than winning. The way he campaigned for himself during last Sunday also struck chords with people. He also revealed, since his childhood, he always wanted to see his parents happy than winning something for himself.

His another strength is, he never showed any sort of jealousy in the house. When Samrat reached finals and he missed that chance by narrow margin, he actually celebrated it without showing an iota of jealousy for missing the chance. His physical strength also surprised many. Kaushal who is actually seen most of the time in gym couldn’t win over him during physical task of Race to finale.

Weakness:

Sometimes he shows his short temper on the housemates, especially on Kaushal. When Kaushal called the housemates as dogs, he lost his control and spoke harshly on him. That was projected as arrogance to the audience. His another weakness is taking the game so easy. That’s why many people don’t find him as a very serious Contender.

Opportunities:

Like all other finalists, he also has good possibility of winning the title. People know him as child artist. His comedy timing also liked by the audience. The way he created funny moments in the house (for example Abba em Cheppaaru Shyamala Garu) are well remembered by the audience. Among the current five finalist he was the one who entertained the audience the most.

Threats:

The way he expressed himself in the house during the confrontations did not gel well with audience. During a task in which he was competing with Nutan Naidu and roll rida for captaincy, he even went on to blame Bigboss himself. When people thought his game is at its best once, he himself spoilt it by sleeping in store room. These kind of incidents conveyed negative image to audience.

Overall, Tanish is definitely strong Contender. Many of the housemates who left the house told Tanish’s name as one of the top 3 contestants of Bigg Boss season 2. The way he spoke during campaigning received lot of applause from general audience.

We will have to wait and see whether he will win the title or not.

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Another hero turns singer

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Heroes turning singers is not a new thing in Tollywood. From Chiranjeevi, Bala Krishna, Nagarjuna, Venkatesh to Pawan and Jr. NTR many heroes have sung in their movies. Now another hero, though not a big star, is joing this club.

Remember Tanish? who acted as child artiste in movies like Manmadhudu and later turned hero and acted in movies like Nachavule and recently as Villain in Nakshatram. He also attended Akun Sabarval team’s investigation on drugs in Tollywood. He is currently acting in a movie “Desha dimmari”. The movie will be directed by Naradasi. Tanish is singing a song in this movie. The song will be a satire on people’s greediness for money.

Of late, some of the movies of Tanish are not getting released because producers not able to find buyers. We will have to wait and see if Tanish’s song will help the movie.

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Actor Tanish quizzed by SIT in drug case, Nandu to appear on Tuesday

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The Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Telangana’s Excise Department, probing a Hyderabad drug racket, questioned Telugu film actor Tanish Alladi for nearly four hours on Monday while another actor Nandu will be questioned on Tuesday.

Tanish reached Abkari Bhavan, the office of the Prohibition and Excise Department, at 10 a.m and the questioning which started around 10.30 a.m. continued for almost four hours.

Four officials of the SIT questioned Tanish about the allegations that he takes drugs and also has links with the peddlers arrested in the case.

The actor told reporters after the questioning that he answered all the queries of the officials. He said whatever information he had, he shared it with the SIT.

Tanish said his family members were shocked to see his name cropping up in the case. The actor said all should work together to root out the menace of drugs. He advised to people to inform the SIT if they come to know about anybody using drugs.

After a day’s break, SIT resumed questioning Tollywood personalities in connection with the case.

SIT said two other persons, Akhil Chaudhary and Nirupama Reddy, were also questioned on Monday.

Tanish was the 10th artist to be interrogated by the SIT, which has so far questioned top actors like Ravi Teja, Charmme Kaur and leading director Puri Jagannadh.

Actress Mumaith Khan, actors Tarun, Navdeep and Subbaraju were among others quizzed in the case over last two weeks.

Teja’s driver Srinivasa Rao was interrogated on Saturday, a day after the actor was questioned for over nine hours.

Meanwhile, SIT said actor Ananda Krishna alias Nandu will appear before SIT on Tuesday.

The investigating team has summoned 12 Tollywood personalities for questioning. Their names cropped up during the investigations when SIT allegedly found their contact numbers in the call data of Calvin Mascrenhas, said to be the kingpin of the racket.

Some sections of Tollywood alleged that the industry is being unfairly targeted, but the the Telangana government denied it. It pointed out that SIT questioned several people from other walks of life.

Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao has also assured the film industry that those using drugs would be treated as victims and not as accused but sought their help in identifying the peddlers.

The SIT has so far arrested 20 persons, including US citizen Dundu Anish, a former aerospace engineer who has worked with the NASA, a Dutch national Mike Kamminga and seven B. Tech degree holders, most of them employed with multi-national companies.

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Actor Tanish questioned in drug case

The Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Telangana’s Excise Department, probing a Hyderabad drug racket, questioned Telugu film actor Tanish Alladi for nearly four hours on Monday.

The actor reached Abkari Bhavan, the office of the Prohibition and Excise Department, at 10 a.m and the questioning which started around 10.30 a.m. continued for almost four hours.

Four officials of the SIT questioned Tanish about the allegations that he takes drugs and also has links with the peddlers arrested in the case.

The actor told reporters after the questioning that he answered all the queries of the officials. He said whatever information he had he shared it with the SIT.

Tanish said his family members were shocked to see his name cropping up in the case. The actor said all should work together to root out the menace of drugs. He advised to people to inform the SIT if they come to know about anybody using drugs.

After a day’s break, SIT resumed questioning Tollywood personalities in connection with the case.

Tanish was the 10th artist to be interrogated by the SIT, which has so far questioned top actors like Ravi Teja, Charmme Kaur and leading director Puri Jagannadh.

Actress Mumaith Khan, actors Tarun, Navdeep and Subbaraju were among others quizzed in the case over last two weeks.

Teja’s driver Srinivasa Rao was questioned on Saturday, a day after the actor was questioned for over nine hours.

The investigating team has summoned 12 Tollywood personalities for questioning. Their names cropped up during the investigations when SIT allegedly found their contact numbers in the call data of Calvin Mascrenhas, said to be the kingpin of the racket.

Some sections of Tollywood alleged that the industry is being unfairly targeted, but the the Telangana government denied it. It pointed out that SIT questioned several people from other walks of life.

Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao has also assured the film industry that those using drugs would be treated as victims and not as accused but sought their help in identifying the peddlers.

The SIT has so far arrested 20 persons, including US citizen Dundu Anish, a former aerospace engineer who has worked with the NASA, a Dutch national Mike Kamminga and seven B. Tech degree holders, most of them employed with multi-national companies.

Telugu360 is always open for the best and bright journalists. If you are interested in full-time or freelance, email us at Krishna@telugu360.com.

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