Vijay Deverakonda appears before ED in Leger money laundering probe

Actor Vijay Deverakonda on Wednesday appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with its probe related to sourcing funds for his pan-India film ‘Liger’. The actor appeared before ED officials at the agency’s regional office in Hyderabad. The central agency is probing alleged violations of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA).

According to sources, Vijay Deverakonda was questioned about the sources of funds for the film, his remuneration and payments made to other actors including American boxer Mike Tyson.

ED officials had on November 17 questioned film director Puri Jagannadh and actress-turned-producer Charmy Kaur. He was questioned about the source of investment in the Hindi-Telugu film ‘Liger’, which released in August this year.

Mike Tyson also made an extended cameo in the film, which was made with a budget of around Rs 125 crore.

starring Vijaya Deverakonda and Ananya Lohar The film starring the female lead had a mega shoot in Las Vegas. However, it bombed at the box office.

The ED started the probe after Congress leader Becca Judson lodged a complaint about suspicious investments in the film. Bacca Judson complained that even politicians had invested money in Liger. He claimed that investors found this the easiest way to convert their black money into white.

ED officials are said to have questioned the director and producer about the allegation that crores of rupees were allegedly invested in making the film from abroad in violation of FEMA.

The investigating agency suspects that several companies had transferred money to the filmmakers’ accounts. He was asked to give details of those who sent the money and how foreign actors including Mike Tyson and the technical crew were paid.

(With IANS inputs)

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