The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has called in actor Prakash Raj for questioning regarding his association with a money laundering case linked to an alleged Rs 100 crore ponzi and fraud case involving a jewellery group based in Tiruchirapalli, as per official sources.
The investigation revolves around Pranav Jewellers, a partnership firm in Tiruchirapalli, which underwent a raid on November 20. During the raid, the agency reported seizing “unexplained” cash amounting to Rs 23.70 lakh and certain gold jewellery.
Raj, aged 58, had served as a brand ambassador for this company and has been requested to appear before the federal agency in Chennai next week for inquiry. The actor, known for roles in Hindi and South Indian films, has been openly critical of the BJP.
The ED’s involvement in the case originated from an FIR filed by the Tamil Nadu Police Economic Offences Wing. The complaint alleges that Pranav Jewellers and others collected Rs 100 crore from the public through a gold investment scheme, promising high returns, as mentioned in a statement by the federal agency on Wednesday.