Puri Jagannadh and Charmme Kaur interrogates by Enforcement Directorate
Officials from the Enforcement Directorate (ED) called Puri Jagannadh and Charmme Kaur on Thursday to discuss Liger’s investment. Puri and Charmme reportedly spent 15 to 16 hours being interrogated over Liger’s allegedly unlawful foreign exchange dealings. The probe against Liger’s team started after Congress leader Bakka Judson complained to the ED in August, claiming that other lawmakers had contributed money to Liger. He also emphasised that many people bought the movie to invest money and convert their black money to white.
About 15 days ago, the ED sent Jagannadh and Charmme with notices requesting their appearance by Thursday. Both were reportedly questioned by ED authorities about their funding sources. The authorities also believed that several businesses and political figures had moved funds to their bank accounts in order to produce Liger.
This is the second time that the ED has questioned Puri Jagannadh and Charmme Kaur, according to unversed. The pair was previously questioned in 2021 on claims of the Tollywood Drug Case and money laundering. In relation to this drug case, other people were questioned, including actress Mumaith Khan, director Chinna, cameraman Shyam K Naidu, and actors Ravi Teja, Tarun, Navdeep, and Subba Raju from Tollywood.
The August 25, 2022 theatrical release of Liger, which starred Vijay Deverakonda, Ananya Panday, Ramya Krishnan, and Mike Tyson in the key roles, was a commercial failure. The failure of Liger at the box office has caused the filmmaker to experience
Liger’s distributors allegedly threatened to demonstrate outside Puri’s office if their money was not returned and begged him to make up for their losses. The filmmaker apparently also asked for police protection due to repeated threats. He argued, however, that the distributors had no right to intimidate him in any way.
The distributor Warangal Sreenu has failed on payments to the sub-distributors, according to the producer, who also claimed that all of his outstanding debts had already been settled with Sreenu. The filmmaker expressed worry that his wife, daughter, and mother-in-law, who is 85 years old, will now face harassment.