Actor Kajal Agarwal sought to distance herself from the “actions” of her manager who was arrested by the Telangana Prohibition and Excise Department on Monday in connection with the drug racket busted earlier this month. Puttkar Ronson Joseph was arrested after his house in Manikonda area here was searched by the sleuths, who found ganja (cannabis) during the search.
The department has so far arrested 19 persons, including Joseph, in connection with the illegal drug trade. Agarwal said in a tweet that her relation with her manager is purely professional and that she has no control over his actions and life.
“I am absolutely shocked and appalled about his whole incident with Ronnie. I am in zero support of this and my behavior that is detrimental to the hygiene of our society. Having said that, just because I care for people who run errands for me does not imply that I can control their personal lives/ choices.
“My parents have always managed my career and with everyone else from my industry, I share an extremely professional/cordial relationship.
I’m unaware of their whereabouts and activities once their professional duties with regards to me are completed,” she said in the tweet.
After the names of some Tollywood personalities came out during the interrogation of those arrested so far, the SIT has questioned noted filmmaker Puri Jagannadh, cinematographer Shyam K Naidu and character actor P Subba Raju, besides Tarun Kumar since July 19. The SIT was quizzing them to find out if they had any links with the racket as consumers or suppliers or with those arrested, Excise officials earlier said.
As a part of the racket, high-end drugs such as lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) and methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) were being supplied. The investigators suspect that film personalities, employees of MNCs, school and college students were among its clients. The racketeers placed orders through the ‘Darknet’ (a restricted online network frequently used in illegal activities) and the drugs were delivered by couriers, including from overseas, the officials had said.