Actress Jacqueline Fernandez was stopped at the Mumbai airport today following a lookout notice with the instruction to do so from the Enforcement Directorate (ED). Jacqueline was barred from going abroad on charges of cheating Rs 200 crore.
The actress has been under the scanner since the recent news of her relationship with Sukesh Chandrashekhar, who is accused of fraud.
The ED filed a charge sheet in the case of financial fraud, alleging that Sukesh and his wife Lina Paul cheated the families of Shivendra Singh and Malbendra Singh, former owners of a drug company, of an amount worth Rs 200 crore. The couple was arrested in the case.
In October, the ED interrogated Jacqueline multiple times in the Rs 200 crore fraud case.
Jacqueline is alleged to have received gifts worth a total of Rs 10 crore, which include a Percy cat worth Rs 9 lakh and a horse worth Rs 52 lakh, from Sukesh Chandrashekhar, says the latest ED charge sheet.
While the actress was completing the process to board a flight for a foreign country, officials stopped her and informed her about the lookout circular. Airport officials then informed the ED officials about the detention of Jacqueline Fernandez.
The ED may allow the actress to leave for her home in Mumbai or they may take her into custody.
The ED may interrogate Jacqueline soon in Delhi, said a source, learning for a fact that Sukesh had booked a chartered flight for Jacqueline from Mumbai to Chennai when he was out on bail.
The ED suspects that a huge amount of money, which Sukesh extorted from a businessman’s wife, was diverted to Jacqueline Fernandez.
However, Jacqueline maintains that she is a victim and extended to cooperate with the investigators.
Sukesh allegedly operated from his cell in Tihar Jail. The conman used software to make spoof calls to the victim pretending to be a high ranking government official and extorted crores of rupees in one year, promising that he would help in the legal cases lodged against her husband.
Jacqueline and actress-dancer Nora Fatehi have also been mentioned in the charge sheet.