Leading courier firm FedEx on Thursday said that it has 'briefed' the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Telangana's Prohibition & Excise Department probing the drug racket busted in Hyderabad.
It stated that it was neither summoned nor served notice in the case. FedEx said no explanation was sought from it by the investigating team.
The SIT, in a release on July 19, had stated that three courier companies had been 'requested' to come and meet it with respect to the investigation.
Officials of DHL, Blue Dart and Fedex were asked to appear before the SIT in July, after it was learnt that most of the drugs came from abroad.
The officials of the courier firms met SIT. FedEx, however, maintained that it was only a 'briefing'.
Investigators said that the orders for drugs were placed on the dark net.
As the role of postal department also came under scanner, the SIT wrote a letter to the Chief Post Master General seeking his support in the investigations.
It is now focusing on how the courier services and the postal department neglected identifying drugs supplied from abroad.
The sensational racket busted by authorities, found that about 1,000 students of leading private schools and colleges in the city were using high-end drugs such as LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) and MDMA (methylenedioxy-methamphetamine). Some of them were as young as 13.
The racket also exposed the dark underbelly of Tollywood, as the dealers were also supplying drugs to several personalities from the Telugu industry.
Adding a new twist, authorities also identified some drug users as techies working in software firms in Hyderabad. Excise Minister T. Padma Rao revealed that notices were issued to 13 IT companies, whose employees were found to be using drugs.