Tollywood drug case: Mumaith Khan appears in front of ED

Actor Mumaith Khan appeared Wednesday before the Enforcement Directorate to answer questions in connection to a money laundering probe that was linked with a drug case that rocked Tollywood in 2017.

In response to the summons from the agency, the actor, well-known for her South Indian film item numbers, arrived at the ED office at 10 a.m.

The ED sleuths will likely question her about financial transactions and if attended parties at ‘F Club’, once owned by actor Navdeep. On Monday, the ED grilled Navdeep as well as a former general manger of the club.

Other Tollywood stars were also questioned by director Puri Jagannadh, actors Charmee Kaur and Rakul Preet Sing, Nandu and Daggubati Rana as well as Ravi Teja, Ravi Teja, and Navdeep. The agency also grill Ravi Teja’s driver, and his aide Srinivas. Each was grilled for between 8-10 hours.

Since August 31, when the ED began questioning in connection to a money laundering probe into a high-end drug racket, Mumaith Khan is the seventh person from the Telugu Film Industry to appear before it.

On September 9, Ravi Teja, actor and his driver Srinivas appeared before the ED officials. Ravi Teja considers Navdeep to be a close friend.

It was suspected that the questioning revolved around suspicious financial transactions made with drug suspects.

Last month, the ED sent notices to around a dozen people associated with Tollywood in a money laundering investigation. This was related to the smuggling ‘Class A’ narcotics substances including LSD and MDMA.

Officials from the ED also questioned Calvin Mascarenhas, the prime accused, and Abdul Quddus (two other accused) and Abdul Wahed.

The ED summoned Tarun and Tanish to testify in connection with the drug racket that was busted in 2017 when it led to the arrests of drug peddlers.

Customs officers arrested Calvin Mascarenhas (a musician) and two other people and confiscated drugs worth Rs 30 Lakh from their possession.

According to reports, they told investigators that they supply drugs to movie stars, software engineers, students at some corporate schools, and even celebrities. They allegedly had the mobile numbers of several Tollywood stars in their contact lists.

SIT was established by the excise department for an extensive investigation. Twelve cases were filed, thirty people were detained and 62 people, including 11 individuals connected to Tollywood, were examined by SIT under section 67 and 161 of Criminal Procedure Code.

The arrests included an American, a South African, and a Dutch national.

The SIT collected samples of blood, hair and nails from some of the people who came before it and sent them to analysis.

In eight of the twelve cases, the SIT filed a chargesheet. However, it gave clear chit to film personalities who were interrogated as part of the investigation.