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Drugs case: ED files money-laundering case to probe hawala angle

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Bengaluru, Sep 11: The Enforcement Directorate on Friday registered a money-laundering case to investigate the drug peddling case that involves stars from the Karnataka film industry.

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The probe agency is investigating the financial aspects of the drug peddling and substance abuse case, and the hawala angle, if any, will also be looked into, Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai said on Friday.

The minister also said officials have been asked to check information coming from various sources in connection with the case and investigate it.

"Central Crime Branch (CCB) investigation will continue in Bengaluru, some accused are being presented before the court.I have instructed officials to take information coming from all sources regarding the case seriously.

Information from media reports should also be considered and investigated," Bommai said.

Speaking to reporters here, he said there is no question of leaving any one and officials have been told that comprehensive investigation should happen and merciless strict action taken against those involved.

"Drugs have financial aspects also and in most instances there is suspicion that it will have foreign connection, connection with those involved in various activities, hawala--so for detailed and thorough investigation ED''s role is also important, they have collected information.

ED will inquire into matters that come under their purview," he said.

CCB police investigation into the case has led to several arrests including that of actresses Ragini Dwivedi, Sanjjanaa Galrani, and high-end party planner Viren Khanna, among others. Hawala denotes illegal transaction of funds by skirting the legal banking channels.

To a question regarding Congress MLA Zameer Ahmed Khan's name allegedly being linked to the case, Bommai merely said officials have been asked to investigate information coming from all sources.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa reiterated that the government has taken the case seriously and officials are investigating it thoroughly.

"All our officers are taking a lot of interest (and investigating), a lot of things are coming out..we have taken it very seriously, you wait for some time, so many things will come out," he added.

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