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Tollywood drugs case: Actor Tanish appears before ED


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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An update on Tollywood’s Drugs Case


The drugs case of Tollywood celebrities created a sensation all over. The names of several celebrities surfaced and the cops of Special Cell investigated several celebrities and the investigation took place for months. It all started after Ravi Teja’s brother Bharat died in an accident and the cops traced a drug racket as per his mobile phone. A case has been registered on July 2nd, 2017 on 11 Tollywood celebrities. 30 people are arrested in relation to this case. The cops also conducted several raids and traced many drug peddlers in and around Hyderabad.

The cops even collected the blood, hair and nail samples of the Tollywood celebrities who appeared before the investigation. Exactly, four years after this, the court gave a clean chit to all the 11 Tollywood celebrities. The Telangana cops submitted a report to the court after a detailed investigation and the court approved the report. Initially, the celebrities maintained a close relationship with the government of Andhra Pradesh. After the drugs case saw light, the industry turned close with the government of Telangana. The opposition parties claim that the investigation was sidelined. Telangana PCC Chief Revanth Reddy is demanding an ED investigation in the drugs case of the Tollywood celebrities.

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Here are all the TFI celebs who received notices so far…

The reputation of Telugu film industry is being so much maligned by the ‘inside drug mafia’ that Movie Artists Association (MAA) had to recently convene a meeting and give a stern warning to those involved with drugs without divulging their names. Telangana Excise department has issued notices to 10 individuals from Tollywood.

Our internal sources have informed us the names of the Telugu celebs who were issued notices on Thursday. Heroes – Tarun and Navdeep, top director Puri Jagannath, actresses – Charmee and Mumaith Khan, cinematographer Shyam K Naidu, character artistes – Chinna and Subbaraju were served notices. The said celebs were served notices by authorities based on conclusive evidence from various sources.

It may be recalled that a Special Task Force had busted a drug racket in Hyderabad a couple of days ago. Upon investigation, it was found that children studying in city’s corporate schools and of VIPs, and several from IT sector and Telugu film industry were the customers of this drug gang.

In fact, several Telugu film celebs have earlier been caught in various drugs’ related incidents. As TFI bigwigs didn’t take the issue seriously, the drug menace has become a carpet bomb in Tollywood. There is no shortage of drug peddlers, users and addicts in TFI now.

Hope the latest actions being taken by Enforcement authorities and MAA eradicate drug menace in Tollywood from the roots.

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