Thiruvananthapuram: The inquiry into illegal financial dealings in Mollywood, including off-shore transactions, is broadening by the day with more people coming under the lens. The central agencies have started investigating into the assets and foreign money deals of more people from the filmdom. The information collected while probing the shady financial dealings of actor Dileep prompts the agencies to widen the scope of investigation.
Collecting and assessing of financial details of certain people from the film industry is said to be progressing.
The central agencies did investigate into the shady money dealings of Malayalam film personalities three years back. But it stopped where it started. After the demonetization of high value currencies in November last year, the central agencies had looked into the financial transactions of film people in the Gulf countries following the inside information from the Malayalam film fraternity. Real estate assets, luxury yachts and investments of certain people related to Mollywood celebrities had been investigated. It is also probed why certain people from the Middle East kept regular contact with people in the Malayalam film industry. The agencies decided to conduct further investigation focusing on Kochi after this.
Though there were several complaints on the hawala deals in Kochi earlier also, the investigations did not make much headway. Now, the investigating agencies have started re-examining the old cases of hawala money transactions.
The agencies feel that Pulsar Suni, the prime accused in the actress abduction case, is only a minor player of a massive hawala network. They expect and suspect some surprise catch at the other end. The plan is to closely examine each and every activity of Pulsar Suni during the last five years including in the Gulf countries.
A top official told Manorama Online that Pulsar Suni's alleged role in human trafficking would also come under the scope of investigation.