Drug racket: ED questions popular Telugu director, more to be grilled

Puri Jagannadh

Hyderabad: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) questioned Telugu film director Puri Jagannadh for nearly 10 hours on Tuesday in connection with a money-laundering probe linked to a four-year-old drug case.

Jagannadh, who, along with his chartered accountant, appeared before ED officials after he was summoned in connection with the probe, left the ED office Tuesday night.

The central agency is questioning Tollywood personalities in connection with the drugs racket which had rocked the film industry four years ago. The questioning is likely to bring to light new facts about the drugs racket which was busted with the arrest of drug peddlers in 2017.

Actors Rakul Preet Singh, Rana Daggubati, Ravi Teja, Charmee Kaur, Navdeep, Mumaith Khan, and director Puri Jagannadh were asked to appear before ED between 31 August and 22 September.

While Puri was in the ED office for questioning, Tollywood producer Bandla Ganesh, who had bankrolled a few films with Puri as director, also visited the office. He told the media that he did not receive any summons from any agency and has no connection with the ED investigation. “I am here only as a moral support to him,” Ganesh said.

 

NT Bureau