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Sandalwood drug racket: Crime Branch summons Kannada actors Akul Balaji, Santhosh Kumar, ex-MLA's son Yuvaraj

India Today logo India Today 18-09-2020 Nagarjun Dwarakanath
a group of people posing for the camera: Crime Branch summons Kannada actors Akul Balaji (C), Santhosh Kumar (L), ex-MLA's son Yuvaraj. Crime Branch summons Kannada actors Akul Balaji (C), Santhosh Kumar (L), ex-MLA's son Yuvaraj.

The Central Crime Branch of Bengaluru has issued notices to two other Kannada actors Santhosh Kumar, Akul Balaji and ex-MLA's son Yuvaraj in connection with the ongoing drug menace in Kannada film industry. They have been summoned to appear before CCB by 10 am tomorrow (September 19). The development comes a couple of days after popular Kannada stars Diganth and Aindrita Ray were summoned by the police officials while investigating the drug racket case.

The news about CCB issuing notices to Santhosh Kumar, former Bigg Boss contestant and Akul Balaji, a television host and actor, have sent shock waves across the Kannada film industry. The Crime Branch officials had gathered certain information recently and they felt that it is necessary to enquire Santhosh, Akul and Yuvaraj. Yuvaraj is the son of former Congress MLA Devaraj.

Recently, CCB confiscated Diganth and Aindrita's gadgets as they are trying to collect digital evidences, the chats exchanged between them and the arrested drug peddler Rahul. Diganth and Aindrita were allegedly consuming drugs in parties.

Meanwhile, Ragini Dwivedi and Sanjjanaa Galrani, who were arrested earlier this month, haven't been let out on bail yet. Ragini Dwivedi's bail plea was adjourned to September 19. Sanjjanaa Galrani has also been sent to judicial custody along with other accused. Both the actors are lodged in separate cells.

More than 10 people have been arrested in connection with the Sandalwood drug racket. It all started, when the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) arrested several drug peddlers in the city on August 21. The peddlers were connected to businessmen, actors and musicians from the Kannada film industry.

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