The Sandalwood dug case in Bengaluru is taking many twists and turns day by day. The first Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate on Thursday allowed the Enforcement Directorate (ED) permission to interrogate Kannada actors Ragini Dwivedi, Sanjjana Galrani and three other arrested in the Sandalwood drug case. The ED is investigating money laundering purportedly perpetrated by the involved. The ED had two weeks ago started investigating the finances of the involved in the drug case. The court permitted ED to investigate Ragini Dwivedi, Sanjjana Galrani, party planner Viren Khanna, Sanjjana's friend and real estate businessman Rahul Tonse, and Ragini's associate BK Ravi Shankar.
References with the ED stated that the arrested had allegedly offered Rs 50 lakh to retarded ACP Mudhavi to allegedly pass on information regarding the investigation and that Rs 12 lakh cash had already changed hands. The ED suspects that the accused have unaccounted assets and money, which they were allegedly funneling into the drug trade. Meanwhile, Bengaluru's Central Crime Branch, which is investigating the alleged drug racket in Sandalwood, had summoned actor Diganth Manchale for questioning on Thursday.
This is the second time the actor was investigated. On September 14, Diganth and his wife Aindrita Ray, who is also an actor, were investigated by the CCB. Their phones were taken and they were let off after questioning. CCB sources said that they allegedly recovered chats between Diganth and suspected drug peddlers from African countries. The actor allegedly deleted these chats before turning in his phone. However, the CCB was able to retrieve the deleted chats, sources said.