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Actor Ravi Teja grilled for 10 hours in drug case

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HYDERABAD: The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the Hyderabad drug racket on Friday grilled leading Telugu actor Ravi Teja for nearly 10 hours seems to have revealed some key information about the drug mafia in Tollywood.

A four-member team of SIT officials quizzed the actor with regard to the racket busted in July.

Ravi who reached Abkari Bhavan, the office of Prohibition and Excise Department of Telangana, around 10 a.m., was questioned about his alleged links with the accused arrested in the case.

Popularly known as ‘mass Maharaja’ in film circles, Ravi was asked if he is addicted to drugs.

The actor did not give his body fluid, hair and nail samples. SIT has already clarified that it will collect samples only with the consent of the person questioned.

Talking about the leads obtained from Ravi Teja’s questioning, the SIT official said, “He agreed that drugs were common in rave parties in the film industry but did not say who was consuming drugs and who was organising the parties,” as reported in Deccan Chronicle.

The Special Investigation Team also quizzed him about drug addiction and peddling by his own brother Bharath, who died in a road accident last month. The actor denied the allegations that his brothers introduced him in the drugs and also said that he does not take drugs.

Ravi was summoned for questioning after his contact number was found in the call data of Calvin Mascrenhas and Zeeshan Ali, the two key accused arrested in the case.

The SIT on Friday also grilled Syed Younus, a bouncer at a pub and got crucial clues on special parties, social parties and ‘secret rooms with services’, a popular option offered.

The SIT officials also questions ganja smuggler Taubeer Ahmed.

He is the ninth Tollywood celebrity to be questioned in the case. SIT questioned actresses Charmme Kaur and Mumaith Khan during in the last two days.

IANS inputs