ED is investigating many people who are related to Chikoti Praveen in the casino case. Former AP MLA Gurunath Reddy attended the hearing in this case. Along with him, Yugandhar also came to the ED office. He is the owner of the Urvashi Bar in Panjagutta. Brother of former MP Butta Renuka. ED officials are questioning Yugandhar and Gurunath Reddy on casino links.
Enforcement Directorate officials believe that many politicians from two Telugu states are involved in this casino case. Financial transactions of four years belonging to the suspect are being investigated. On Wednesday, the ED interrogated Minister Talasani’s brothers Mahesh and Dharmender for about 10 hours.
It is reported that questions have been raised on casino management, financial transactions, violations of FEMA Act regulations, money laundering, and hawala payments. There are chances of hearing again on Friday. ED sent notices to Gurunath Reddy and he attended the hearing. ED has also sent notices to TRS MLC L Ramana and Medak DCCB Chairman Devender Reddy.
Officials are investigating hawala payments, money laundering, and FEMA violations. Chikoti Praveen was already interrogated four days earlier. Recently, notices have been given to attend the hearing once again. In August, the ED registered a case against Chikoti Praveen’s casino business in Goa, Nepal, Thailand, and Hong Kong. This gang ran the casino from May 10 to 13 this year. In June, it held a special event called ‘Vegas by Big Daddy’ at Mochi Crown Hotel in Goa, Nepal. ‘Vegas by Big Daddy’ has done promotions for the casino with Bollywood and Tollywood celebrities. A large amount of remuneration was given for this.
The gang has given special offers including entry fees, flight tickets, and accommodation in the casino package. All that money changed hands in the form of hawala. Many political leaders and real estate businessmen from Telugu states participated in this casino in large numbers. Casino winners and losers have their money transferred to other countries through hawala. Again, money was laundered to India from there. ED investigation is going on in these aspects.