On Thursday, representatives from the Enforcement Directorate (ED) called Puri Jagannadh and Charmme Kaur to discuss Liger's investment. According to accounts, Puri and Charmme were interrogated for 15 to 16 hours over Liger's allegedly unlawful foreign exchange investments. When Congress leader Bakka Judson filed a complaint with the ED in August alleging that other politicians had invested money in Liger, the probe into Liger's team got underway. He also made the observation that many people bought the movie to make money transfers and convert their black money to white.
About 15 days ago, the ED served Jagannadh and Charmme with notices requesting their appearance by Thursday. Both were reportedly questioned by ED officials about their funding sources. The authorities also believed that numerous businesses and political figures had moved funds to their bank accounts in order to produce Liger.
This is the second time that the ED has questioned Puri Jagannadh and Charmme Kaur, according to unversed. The pair was previously questioned in 2021 on claims of the Tollywood Drug Case and money laundering. In relation to this drug case, several people were questioned, including actress Mumaith Khan, director Chinna, cameraman Shyam K Naidu, and actors Ravi Teja, Tarun, Navdeep, and Subba Raju from Tollywood.
The August 25, 2022, theatrical release of Liger, which starred Vijay Deverakonda, Ananya Panday, Ramya Krishnan, and Mike Tyson in key roles, was a commercial failure. The failure of Liger at the box office has caused the filmmaker to experience some troubles.
Liger's distributors allegedly threatened to gather outside Puri's office if their money was not returned and begged him to make up for their losses. The filmmaker apparently also asked for police protection due to repeated threats. He argued, however, that the distributors have no right to threaten him in any way.
The distributor Warangal Sreenu has defaulted on payments to the sub-distributors, according to the producer, who also claimed that all of his outstanding debts had already been settled with Sreenu. The filmmaker expressed worry that his wife, daughter, and mother-in-law, who is 85 years old, will now face harassment.