Ravi Teja, a popular Telugu actor, appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in Hyderabad on Thursday as part of an ongoing money-laundering investigation into a high-end narcotics network seized in the city in 2017.
Ravi Teja is one among ten Tollywood (Telugu film industry) actors and directors who have been called by the ED. So far, the central agency has heard from famous filmmaker Puri Jagannadh, actresses Charmee Kaur and Rakul Preet Singh, and actors Nandu and Rana Daggubati.
The ED also questioned Calvin Mascrenhas, a musician who was part of a three-person group detained by Telangana's Prohibition and Excise department on July 2, 2017, for allegedly trafficking narcotics as part of the racket. Supplying high-end narcotics like lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) and methylenedioxy-methamphetamine was part of the scheme (MDMA).
Several drug trafficking charges were filed, and over 20 persons were detained, including a US citizen who was a former NASA aerospace engineer, a Dutch national, a South African national, and seven B.Tech degree holders working for multinational corporations in the area. During the interrogation of those detained in connection with the scam, the identities of various Tollywood celebrities were revealed.