Popular Malayalam actor Prithviraj Sukumaran has strongly denied a news report published on Thursday that claimed he was forced to pay a Rs 25 crore fine to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for money laundering and illegal transactions from foreign sources to make propaganda films.
According to the article published on Thursday, the actor received the money from various sources in the Middle East, which prompted the ED to launch an inquiry. It further alleged that producers Antony Perumbavoor and Listin Stephen are being investigated.
Prithviraj Sukumaran took to his social media to slam these allegations and condemned the news report. He wrote, “The allegations are devoid of any truth, are malicious, and defamatory. I usually tend to ignore these because terms like “ethical journalism” are fast becoming redundant in the times we live in. But there is a limit to propagating absolute lies in the name of “news”. This is a fight I intend to see through to the end. Filing civil and criminal defamation charges. PS: For those of you who are still wondering…NO, I haven’t paid any fines whatsoever.”
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The popular actor and director also wrote that he will be suing the YouTube channel and has asked other channels not to carry false information. “This is a fight I intend to see through to the end. Filing civil and criminal defamation charges.”
“I hereby request all responsible media channels to ensure that any further reporting on the allegation is done only after the facts are verified and confirmed,” he added.
On the work front, Prithviraj was recently seen in Malayalam action-thriller ‘Kappa’. The actor will next be seen opposite Prabhas in the Telugu action film ‘Salaar’. He will also appear in the upcoming Hindi film ‘Bade Miyan Chote Miyan’.