Sabharwal Cancels Leave Amidst Charges That Drugs Case Was Being Sidetracked

The Enforcement Director, who was to go on 12-day leave, has cancelled it following speculations that attempts were being made to dilute the drugs case. The State administration ended up with negative publicity as a result.

Hyderabad: In what could be seen as a move to avoid negative publicity for the Telangana Government, Enforcement Director Akun Sabharwal, who has been spearheading the sensational drugs haul case, has cancelled his leave.

Speculations were rife on Friday that Sabharwal had been forced to go on leave in an attempt to sidetrack investigation into the case in which names of Telugu cine bigwigs, including Director Puri Jagannath, actor Ravi Teja and actress Charmi Kaur, had figured.   More: Celebrities Condemn Drug Abuse Reports Against Them; Sabharwal Says No List Released

It was alleged that top guns of the cine field had got in touch with senior political leaders to “avoid matters going out of proportions”. There were even reports of threats that the cine industry could move away from the State Capital if matters were to worsen.

Apparently, the State administration has got into a damage-control exercise and as a first step has asked Sabharwal to cancel his leave. Incidentally, doubts were cast even on sanctioning of his leave, as investigations into the drugs haul, involving film personalities, multinational staff and school and college students, were at a crucial state.  More: Tollywood Drugs Case: Many Names Shelved

Sabharwal informed media on Saturday that he was cancelling his leave from July 16 “keeping in view the seriousness of the case”. He is said to have deferred his leave till the investigation is completed.

The Enforcement Director has reiterated that there were no extraneous pressures on him and the government is fully cooperating with him.  More: Tollywood Drug Mafia: List Of Celebrities Who Received Notices

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Drugs Case: Sons Of Bigwigs Summoned, Counselled

One of the students doing drugs in Hyderabad is the son of an IAS officer.

Hyderabad: Sons an IAS officer, a doctor, a director of a major company, and a software engineer are among those who were abusing drugs.

Hyderabad Police identified them based on information given by Calvin, the main accused in the case. They were getting drugs directly to their house addresses. The boys also used the dark net to procure their fix.

All of them are said to be students of an international school. Police have summoned them to their office for counselling. Their names have not been revealed keeping their future in view.  More: Drugs Bust: Hair and Nail Samples of Puri Too Taken

There are many other students of international schools who got their drugs through Calvin.

Meanwhile, interrogation of film celebrities by SIT is continuing. Actor Subbaraju is being questioned on Friday. Director Puri Jagannadh and cinematographer Syam K Naidu have already been examined.

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Drugs Case Digvijaya-KTR Tweets

As is his wont, Diggy Raja has dabbled into the drugs case too, accusing “friends of KTR”. The TRS leader has retorted with “…do something worth your age.”
Drugs Case: Digvijaya-KTR Tweets

Hyderabad: Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh, who is known for his controversial comments, has alleged that “friends of TRS heir apparent have links with drugs”.

The tweet, obviously referring to K Taraka Rama Rao, Minister and son of Telangana Chief Minister Chandrasekhara Rao, came even as the Special Investigation Team is inquiring into what has come to be known as the sensational drugs case. Film personalities, multinational professionals, school and college students, apart from children of politicians and business tycoons, are said to be among those abusing drugs.

This is what Digvijaya’s tweet on Thursday said: “A huge drugs scam Huge Drug Scam in Telangana. Influential friends of TRS heir apparent involved. Let’s see if they would be saved or prosecuted. Let’s see.” The tweet of Digvijaya Singh became a point of discussion even as the SIT is interrogating certain film personalities in Hyderabad since Wednesday.  More: Puri Cooperated With SIT: Akun Sabharwal

Meanwhile, KTR responded on Twitter with his own tweet: “You’ve completely lost it sir. Time to retire gracefully & do something worth your age. Glad that you’ve finally learnt to spell ‘Telangana’.”  More: Shyam K Naidu Next Under SIT Interrogation

Earlier too the senior Congress leader had courted controversy by tweeting about Hyderabad Police luring Muslim youths into joining the Islamic State.

An angry minister KTR denounced Singh’s then allegations saying: “Most irresponsible & reprehensible thing coming from a former CM. Request you to withdraw these comments unconditionally or provide evidence (sic).”  More: Hyderabad Drugs Case: Addicts Ordering Them By Courier

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Shyam K Naidu Next Under SIT Interrogation

The cinematographer is being interrogated by Special Investigation Team at the Excise and Prohibition Office.
Drugs Case: Syam K Naidu Next Under SIT Interrogation

Hyderabad: It is now the turn of cinematographer Shyam K Naidu to be interrogated in the infamous Hyderabad drugs bust case. The cinematographer presented himself before the Special Investigation Team on Thursday sharp at 10 am.

It may be recalled that the previous day, SIT had grilled film director Puri Jagannadh for almost 11 long hours to gather evidence from him. Shyam is one of the closest associates of the director.  More: Puri Cooperated With SIT: Akun Sabharwal

Puri Jagannadh was allowed to go after his long interrogation on Wednesday, though after his blood samples were collected. If indeed he has stopped doing drugs, he has nothing to worry about his blood samples, which a doctor from the Osmania General Hospital had drawn from him.

According to sources, traces of drugs remain in the blood up to six months after a person has stopped consuming drugs through a rehabilitation process.  More: Drugs Case Digvijaya-KTR Tweets

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  1. July 20, 2017

    […] Meanwhile, KTR responded on Twitter with his own tweet: “You’ve completely lost it sir. Time to retire gracefully & do something worth your age. Glad that you’ve finally learnt to spell ‘Telangana’.”  More: Shyam K Naidu Next Under SIT Interrogation […]

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Drugs Case: Film Personalities To Be Interrogated From Wednesday

Ace Director Puri Jagannadh will be the first to be questioned. Interrogations will be on an everyday basis till July 29.

Hyderabad: Film personalities, who have received notices from the Excise Enforcement Department for allegedly buying drugs, will one by one present themselves before the Special Investigation Team from Wednesday onwards.

The SIT is said to have chalked out a time table to interrogate all those with background of films, who have figured in the Hyderabad drugs case. Many names emerged from the list on the phone of Calvin Mascarenhas, Accused Number 1 in the case.

More: Tollywood Drugs Case, Read More For Ground Realty

News is that Puri Jagannath will be the first to be questioned. Charmi will have to present herself on July 20, Mumaith Khan on 21, Subbaraju on 22, Syam K Naidu on 23, Ravi Teja on 24, Art Director Chinna on 25, Navadeep on 26, Tarun on 27, Nandu on 28, Tanish on 29th.

The time at which they have to make themselves present has been specified in their respective notices, sources say.

People are quite curious to know what will emerge during these interrogations.  

More: Ravi Teja Is A Teetotaller And Doesn’t Do Drugs, Says Mom

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Celebrities Condemn Drug Abuse Reports Against Them; Sabharwal Says No List Released

There has been an uproar in film circles following names of associates circulating in televisions and media over abuse of drugs. Many actors have taken affront to mention of their names, though they had not received any notice.

Hyderabad: Excise and Enforcement Director Akun Sabharwal on Friday clarified that his department has not officially released any names of celebrities involved in the drugs abuse case. Television channels are agog over the names of film personalities emerging out in the case.

Sabharwal maintained that notices have been issued to some people in the drugs haul case, mentioning the date they have to make their appearance for interrogation. A total of four separate cases have been registered and notices issued to gather more evidence. Authorities have received acknowledgement of the notices having been served.

More: Tollywood Drug Mafia: List Of Celebrities Who Received Notices

Pointing out that he will be going on leave from 16th to 27th of this month, the Enforcement Director asserted that there was no relationship between his leave and investigations into the drugs case. The government is completely cooperating with the investigation, he added.

Meanwhile, many young heroes, whose names have been doing rounds in the social media and TV channels on Friday, have started condemning the allegations against them. Tollywood bigwigs, including director Puri Jagannadh and actor Ravi Teja, are rumoured to be among those who have received notices from the Excise and Enforcement Department.

More: Are Attempts Being Made to Scuttle Inquiry Into Drugs Case?

Navdeep: Actor Navdeep, responding to such allegations on Twitter tweeted, “It is usual to sensationalise news as soon as there are film people involved (and) me being involved in events and working with some wrong event managers. I can understand why this happened! It’s a matter of time before this is sorted… requesting media and people to have patience.”

Subbaraju: Another actor Subbaraju said that he was surprised to know that his name was in Cavin’s call list. Acknowledging that he had received a notice on Thursday, he disclosed that he would present himself before the SIT on 21st. He hoped that there will be clarity within a week if people have patience. He asserted that no one in his circle uses drugs. “Let us wait and watch,” he remarked.

Tanish: Young hero Tanish expressed concern about the rumours doing rounds. Speaking to a news channel, he asserted that he had not been served any notice and questioned whether receiving notices amounts to a crime. If at all he receives a notice, he would present himself before the SIT.

Responding to the sensational news in media over the list of names from the film industry, MAA president Sivaji Raja expressed concern that even names of people who did not receive notices have appeared in the media. Accepting that some of the film personnel had received notices, he said it is not fair to punish innocent people. He appealed to media to exercise restraint when telecasting names.

More: Tollywood Drugs Case: Many Names Shelved

Nandu: Actor Nandu too clarified that he is in no way connected to drugs case. He said that he had not received any notice from officials and he doesn’t do drugs. He expressed doubts that some people might be trying to frame him in the case.

Art Director Chinna: Art Director Chinna too said that he was shocked to see his name doing the rounds. Asserting that he does not know anything about drugs, he too mentioned that he had not received any notice on the issue.

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  1. July 15, 2017

    […] Speculations were rife on Friday that Sabharwal had been forced to go on leave in an attempt to sidetrack investigation into the case in which names of Telugu cine bigwigs, including Director Puri Jagannath, actor Ravi Teja and actress Charmi Kaur, had figured.   More: Celebrities Condemn Drug Abuse Reports Against Them; Sabharwal Says No List Released […]

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Are Attempts Being Made to Scuttle Inquiry Into Drugs Case?

Rumours are rife that investigations into the Hyderabad drugs bust case are being sidetracked at the behest of the Telugu cine industry. The filmdom is facing flak with names of its prominent personalities appearing in the media in connection with drug abuse.

Hyderabad: Even as investigations into the Hyderabad drugs case are reaching a crucial stage, news has emerged that Akun Sabharwal, Director of the Excise and Enforcement Department, who is spearheading the probe, is going on leave.

Sources feel attempts are being made to sidetrack the drugs’ bust, which has come as a major embarrassment for the Telugu cine industry, though drug users also include employees of multinational companies and school and college students.

Rumours are doing rounds that Akun Sabharwal is being pressurised to protect the positive relations between government leaders and cine industry big wigs. Incidentally, names of Ravi Teja, Puri Jagannath and a few other celebrities have emerged in the list of those who have been asked to present themselves for an interrogation by the Excise Department on the 19th of this month.

Parallels are being drawn with the Nayeem case, wherein names of several politicians and police officers had figured. Expectations were then high that at least a couple of them will be arrested and stringent action taken. Just then, a Special Investigation Team was formed to investigate the case. The SIT later closed the issue over want of sufficient evidence.

More: Tollywood Drug Mafia: List Of Celebrities Who Received Notices

It is suspected that with Akun Sabharwal, who is spearheading the investigation, going on leave, the drugs’ case too will end up in a cold storage. Nothing much will come about and as time passes by, people will forget the whole issue.

Meanwhile, the Enforcement and Excise Director has maintained that his leave is purely for personal reasons and it was sanctioned to him two months after he had submitted his application. The timing of acceptance of his leave application itself is being questioned. Why should the leave be sanctioned at a time when the drugs case is at a crucial stage?

It is alleged that political pressure has been exercised owing to enormous pressure from the cine industry. Akun Sabharwal’s pending leave application has only come as a ruse to scuttle the investigation.

Speculations are also rife that the government is concerned over cine industry moving away from the State Capital “if its defamation over the drugs case continues.”

The bubble burst the day Ravi Teja’s brother, Bharat, died in a road accident and drug use was suspected. The subsequent sustained inquiries shook the Telugu film industry so much that its top figures shared a dais, charging that the entire film industry was being tarnished by the media over drug abuse by a few.

The cine leaders felt that the whole issue was being blown beyond proportions based on selective leaks by the police to the media.

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  1. July 14, 2017

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Drugs Case: Film Photographer Among Those Arrested

Belying protestations of film fraternity, a film photographer has been found to be involved in the drugs abuse case. The tourist paradise of Goa has emerged as the source point for inflow of drugs into Hyderabad and its environs.

Hyderabad: Two more persons have been taken into custody in the drugs abuse case, which has been rocking the State Capital for more than a week now. Police sources disclosed on Thursday that one of those arrested is a film photographer. With this, the total number of persons put behind bars in the case has risen to 10.

Thursday arrests followed a sustained interrogation of those taken into custody earlier. Police have now reached the conclusion that the drugs were procured from Goa. Investigators said Calvin Mascarenhas (29), who was working in a high position in an international bank, used smuggle drugs from Goa and pass them on to Nikhil Shetty and other peddlers, who then supplies the drugs to end users in Hyderabad and its environs.   More: Only Few Film People Use Drugs, Says Actor Posani

With this, focus of the investigation has now shifted to Goa, a tourists’ paradise, where foreigners too come in droves. Its beaches, casinos and private places are known for rave parties with different types of drugs easily available. A team of sleuths is expected to be in that State to take the inquiries forward.

Meanwhile, managements and colleges have pressed panic buttons following news that scores of students including minors were using drugs. As reported by Primepost, a ninth standard girl student emerging as one of the users has shocked both people and police. Worried about their reputation, these institutions have been contacting parents to keep a watchful eye on their children.  More: Hyderabad Drugs Case: Notices Issued to Colleges, Schools And Cine Celebrities

Enforcement and Excise Director Akun Sabharwal has condemned reports over social media naming certain educational institutions, whose students have allegedly abused drugs. He clarified that neither names of institutions nor students have been released by the police “keeping in view their interests and the future of students”.

Sources revealed that the focus of investigation is now on MNC companies and film industry, apart from a thorough check of the Goa angle.

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  1. July 7, 2017

    […] Thrust of the Centre-States awareness campaign in Telangana has not been limited just to drugs, but also gudumba and laced toddy. Gudumba is illicit liquor largely spiked with chloral hydrate, whose accidental increase in percentage component can lead to large-scale deaths. Toddy or neera is the milky health drink of certain palm trees, provided it is consumed in the morning. It becomes fermented as the day grows longer and turns into an intoxicant. Toddy becomes dangerous when it is laced with chemicals by unscrupulous elements to make quick profit and can cause a heavy death toll.   More: Drugs Case: Film Photographer Among Those Arrested […]

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