The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has been probing the money laundering angle in the Sushant Singh Rajput death case. The officials recently raided the properties in the name of producer Dinesh Vijan in the same case and now, a report in India Today mentioned that the producer was once again summoned by the ED for further questioning. The report added that the agency is investigating a suspicious payment of Rs 17 crore made to SSR by the Maddock films the details of which have gone missing. Vijan’s Maddock Films, however, denied the reports and released an official statement mentioning no payment was made to Sushant in Hungary.Also Read - Nepotism to Sushant Singh Rajput’s Death, All The Controversies Involving Karan Johar

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“The information you have received and what you have published is incorrect. Kindly note that Maddock Films has not made any payment to Sushant in Hungary. Maddock has also not received Rs 17 crores whether as actor fee, or any rebate from Hungary as wrongly claimed in your article. Also Read - Amit Sadh Gets Emotional After Receiving Flight Ticket With SSR Written on it, Remembers Sushant Singh Rajput

We have made the full and final payment to Sushant for the film Raabta as per the agreement signed by him with us, and this payment was received by him in India. We have submitted relevant documents for proof of such payment to the department.

It should be noted that in fact all funding and financial transactions for the shooting in Hungary were handled by T-series. You may confirm from T Series. Maddock Films is a responsible filmmaker and we dutifully follow the rules and laws of our country.

India.com has always stood by the truth and we hope that sharing the correct facts with you will lead to correct reporting as a responsible publication.

We are not sure if we can speak about the matter at this moment, but to avoid any controversy we want to clarify we are fully cooperating with the agency and have furnished all details required and it is our sincere request to all to avoid spreading incorrect information.

You may note that Mr. Vijan was to travel back to India and had to therefore as per norms undergo a Covid-19 test prior to flying. He s detected positive for Covid-19 which is why he could not travel back and is presently recuperating. He will be travelling back to India as soon as he recovers, he and Maddock films have been and will fully co-operate with the authorities, as required.”

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As reported by the news channel, Vijan submitted a medical document to the ED against the summons and mentioned that he has contracted COVID-19 and is recuperating in Dubai currently.

The Rs 17 crore transaction that the ED is probing was allegedly given to Sushant as his fees for working in Raabta, the 2017 film featuring Kriti Sanon which was produced by Vijan. The report added that when the ED asked the producer to submit financial documents related to the film, he submitted a few documents but failed to submit the details of the shoot budget for the Hungary schedule of the film.

During the raid at Vijan’s residence and office on October 14, the ED had recovered a document that mentioned that the film’s budget was Rs 50 crore out of which Rs 17 crore were paid to SSR. This document was submitted to the authorities at Budapest in Hungary to reportedly get an overseas payment perk which is financial assistance that the makers get from a foreign government for shooting on their land. It is believed that some producers show inflated expenditure in their budget to the foreign governments to get more money and then they use this money to pay their actors.

The moot point of the investigation currently in the SSR case is when and where was this payment of Rs 17 crore made to the late actor and if it was made, where are the details of this transaction, and where has the money gone now.

This angle of missing payment can provide a new direction to the entire case and put the focus away from Rhea Chakraborty who was earlier accused by SSR’s family of siphoning off money from his bank accounts. No proof against these allegations has been found yet.