Actor Vijay Devarakonda appeared before the Enforcement Directorate in Hyderabad in connection with a case of Foreign Exchange Management Act linked to the financing of his recent multilingual movie Liger.
Deverakonda was apparently interrogated about his remuneration and the mode of payment for the movie he did that proved to be a damp squib at the box office despite being shot in Las Vegas and inclusion of Mike Tyson in the cast.
Tollywood director Puri Jagannadh and producer Charmee Kaur were interrogated by the agency a fortnight ago. The probe was taken up after Telangana Congress leader Bakka Judson had complained that Liger was made in order to turn black money into white and even politicians had invested in the movie. Made with a huge budget of Rs 125 crore it failed to mop even Rs 20 crore as the movie ended up as a box office disaster.
Meanwhile, CBI has summoned TRS minister Gangula Kamalakar and Rajya Sabha MP Vaddiraju Ravichandra in connection with the case of a fake CBI officer, apprehended from Tamil Nadu Bhawan in New Delhi. The minister was served the notice to appear before the agency on 1 December in his Karimnagar residence today. Earlier Kamalkar’s residence and granite units associated with him had been raided by ED.
In Andhra Pradesh, former TDP MLA JC Prabhakhar Reddy‘s properties were provisionally attached by the ED in connection with BS IV scam. The attached properties of Diwakar Road Lines and Jatadhar properties are worth RS 22 crores. In the alleged scam Reddy and his associates are accused of forging documents to sell trucks violating anti pollution norms mandated by the Supreme Court. BS III trucks bought from Ashok Leyland were registered in several states by forging papers showing them to be BS IV and laundering money worth Rs 38 crore. The agency said Ashok Leyland’s role was being probed.