Bollywood actresses Jacqueline Fernandez and Nora Fatehi were summoned by Enforcement Directorate (ED) for questioning on 14 October in connection with a money laundering case lodged against conman Sukesh Chandrasekhar.
Nora Fatehi was asked to appear before the ED’s Delhi office. Earlier, the ED had recorded Jacqueline’s statement on multiple occasions in August and September in connection with the case.
Sources said that Nora Fatehi’s statement would be recorded under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in a cheating case lodged against Sukesh Chandrasekhar.
The agency, according to sources, is probing if there was any financial transaction between conman Sukesh Chandrasekhar and Jacqueline and Nora Fatehi.
Sukesh Chandrashekhar, who is lodged at Delhi’s Rohini jail as an undertrial, has been accused of extorting Rs 200 crore from a businessman over a year. He has over 20 other cases of extortion registered against him. He even operated a racket from inside his jail cell.
The ED raided the residence of Sukesh’s wife Leena Maria Paul who is suspected of being involved in the case. Paul, an actor, has worked in multiple movies mostly Malayalam. She had a part in the John Abraham-starrer Madras Café.
Delhi Police’s Economic Offences Wing arrested Sukesh Chandrashekhar, his wife Leena, four other associates and a few jail officials recently.
The case was filed based on a complaint by Shivinder Singh’s wife, Aditi Singh, who said a man posing as a senior Law Ministry official offered to help get bail for Singh (then in jail) in return for money.
Singh said she paid out Rs 200 crore in 30 instalments starting June 2020 and was told the money was meant for BJP party funds. She claimed to have been told that Home Minister Amit Shah and then Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad were both on her side.
At the time of the incident, Chandrasekhar, accused in 21 cases, was lodged in Delhi’s Rohini jail.
Yesterday his remand was extended by 11 days, and that of Leena Paul by 16 days.
The agency told the court Chandrasekar knowingly financial structures for layering and transferring proceeds of the couple’s crimes and had thus actively participated in the process of money laundering.
Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez has been summoned for tomorrow by ED.
In August the central agency said it had seized a sea-facing bungalow in Chennai, Rs 82.5 lakh in cash, and over a dozen luxury cars in connection with the case against him.
In addition, goods worth Rs 20 crore ranging from shoes, bags, and clothes by international brands like Chanel and Louis Vuitton have been seized.