Tollywood drug case: Mumaith Khan leaves Bigg Boss Telugu house in Lonavala
Tollywood actor Mumaith Khan, who is part of the TV reality show Bigg Boss Telugu, has moved out of the house in Lonavala near Mumbai. The actor on Thursday appeared before the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Telangana’s excise department probing the Hyderabad drug racket.
A four-member team of officials began questioning the actor at Abkari Bhavan, the office of prohibition and excise department, around 10 am.
She was being questioned on whether she takes drugs and whether she has any links with Calvin Mascrenhas, the alleged kingpin of the racket.
Mumaith reached Hyderabad from Mumbai after she got permission to leave Big Boss for one day. According to the rules of the television reality show, no participant is allowed to leave the house till he or she is eliminated from the contest.
Mumaith, who has appeared in as many as 40 Telugu films apart from 20 Hindi films, 16 Tamil films and five Kannada films, has earlier posted video claiming innocence in the drug case. “I have not received any notices,” she had said in a video, adding that her name should not be maligned.
Mumaith found fame when she did an item number in Munnabhai MBBS starring Sanjay Dutt in Hindi in 2003.
Names of some members of the Telugu film industry had cropped up during the investigation into the drug racket case that was busted here on July 2, the SIT had said earlier.
So far, it has questioned art director Dharma Rao alias Chinna, filmmaker Puri Jagannadh, cinematographer Shyam K Naidu and actors P Subba Raju, Tarun Kumar and P Navdeep.
Nineteen people have been arrested so far and seven cases registered.
The SIT suspects that the racketeers supplied high-end ‘party drugs’ such as lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) and methylenedioxy-methamphetamine (MDMA, also known as ecstasy) to film personalities, employees of multi-national companies and school and college students in the city, among others.
Meanwhile, actor Charmme Kaur on Wednesday appeared before the SIT.
Charmme is the seventh person from the Telugu film industry to appear before the SIT. The team has summoned 12 persons from the film industry, including directors and actors, for questioning in the case.
On Tuesday, the Hyderabad high court had rejected her plea that she should be questioned in the presence of her lawyer.
The HC, however, directed the SIT to question her in the presence of women officers between 10 am and 5 pm.
Also, her blood, hair and nail samples should not be collected without her consent, the court added.
(With inputs from agencies)
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