The drug case had then had thrown up the names of several Tollywood stars, but the excise department probe didn’t name any of them in the chargesheet due to lack of evidence. Rana had not appeared before the excise special investigation team (SIT) in 2017.
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. Though no significant transactions linking to drug traffickers have been found so far, ED officials said they would continue to check in detail for any suspicious money trail. Excise SIT had earlier filed 11 chargesheets in which only drug traffickers, mostly Africans, were named.