Bengaluru: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials, after getting permission from the Court, recorded the statements of Kannada actresses, Ragini Dwivedi, Sanjjanaa Galrani and three others arrested under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act in the Central Jail in connection with multi-crore drug scandal.
The special court for NDPS cases on Thursday evening gave the central agency five days to record the statements of Ragini, Sanjjanaa, party organiser Viren Khanna, real estate businessman Rahul Thonse and suspended RTO clerk B K Ravi Shankar, who are all currently lodged in the Parappana Agrahara prison as under trials in the drugs case.
In its application seeking permission to record the statement, the economic intelligence agency stated that it launched a probe after receiving information from the Central Crime Branch (CCB), which is investigating the five in the drugs case registered at the Cottonpet police station.
The ED registered an Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR) over the matter on September 9.
The ED stated that its preliminary investigation had detected a prima facie case of money laundering against the five suspects.
The inquiry revealed large amounts of proceeds of crime involved in money-laundering activities such as placement, layering and integration, the ED said.