Drugs case: Rana appears before ED officials

Rana Daggubati

Hyderabad: Actor Rana Daggubati was summoned by the Enforcement Directorate today in connection with the drugs and money laundering case. The actor arrived at the ED office in Hyderabad to face questioning by a special team put together for this case.

He was mobbed at the entrance by reporters, photographers, and cameramen of various news and entertainment channels. The police escorted the actor to the upper floor of the building where the ED office is located.

On Tuesday, the ED questioned actor Nandu about his financial dealings with Kelvin Mascarenhas, prime accused in the drugs case. He reportedly told them that he knew Kelvin as an event manager and his financial transactions were related to events only.

Three Tollywood celebrities — Rakul Preet Singh, Charmee Kaur and director Puri Jagannadh — who appeared before ED have claimed that they neither have any links with drug traffickers nor did they consume it.

ED has booked a case under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) and is looking into the financial history of people being called for interrogation.