Tollywood drug bust: Excise officials check parcel at Ramanaidu studios, Suresh Babu clarifies

Suresh Babu claimed that the parcel contained a backrest, and that he had showed the contents of the parcel to the police.
Tollywood drug bust: Excise officials check parcel at Ramanaidu studios, Suresh Babu clarifies
Tollywood drug bust: Excise officials check parcel at Ramanaidu studios, Suresh Babu clarifies
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Even as several Tollywood personalities are under the scanner in the massive drug racket busted in Hyderabad last month, officials from Telangana's Excise and Prohibition Department paid a visit to Ramanaidu studios in the city on Wednesday.

Ramanaidu studios is owned and operated by the Daggubati family, with veteran producer Suresh Babu as its Managing Director.

The Deccan Chronicle reported that circle inspector of Excise department, Kanakadurga, held checks in Ramanaidu studio, based on information from courier services.

The DC report also reported about a parcel that arrived for Suresh Babu's son, actor Rana Daggubati, from Dubai on Tuesday.

However, Suresh Babu dispelled all speculation, telling Hyderabad Times that he cooperated with the officials and showed them the contents of the parcel.

"I had ordered this equipment which is a back rest for my seat. That's all there is to it. The officials came, checked the parcel and left. It's a frivolous issue really," he was quoted as saying.

Just last week, actor Rana Daggubati said it worried him and it was really dangerous to know that school children were involved in this racket.

Suresh Babu has already denied rumours, stating that no one from his family received a notice from the Special Investigation Team (SIT) investigating the case.

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).

The racket also exposed the dark underbelly of Tollywood, as the dealers were also supplying drugs to several personalities from the Telugu industry.

Commenting on the drug bust scenario, Rana told IANS last week, "Honestly, the whole thing has been blown out of proportion. If a filmmaker or an actor takes drugs, it really doesn't bother me. They are adults and it's their lives and they can do whatever they want. I don't give a damn if you take drugs."

"The dangerous story about school kids doing drugs worries me. That's something that needs to be taken more seriously and addressed immediately. When youngsters who don't have a mind of their own are doing drugs, it scares me," he added.

"Who is supplying drugs to these kids? Are these people immigrants? How are they bringing drugs into the country," Rana asked.

In July, the SIT also summoned three major courier companies in connection with the case.

Officials of DHL, Blue Dart and Fedex were asked to appear before the SIT, after it was learnt that most of the drugs came from abroad.

The orders for these 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.


(With IANS inputs)

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