- Jacqueline Fernandez accuses for PKR 541 crore money laundering by enforcement directorate.
- ED is looking into the money trail in the extortion case.
- The first chargesheet from the ED detailed Chandrashekar’s alleged use of the stolen funds.
Jacqueline Fernandez has been named an accused in the money laundering case against conman Sukesh Chandrashekar, who faces charges of extortion amounting to a massive PKR 541 crore (INR 200 crore).
The Enforcement Directorate (ED), which is looking into the money trail in the extortion case, has named the actor as one of the defendants in the supplementary chargesheet it has submitted to a Delhi court. Earlier, Delhi Police had arrested Chandrashekar for allegedly extorting billions from Aditi Singh and Shivender Singh, members of the former promoters of pharmaceutical giant Ranbaxy. After learning about the Delhi Police case, the ED launched its investigation into money laundering.
The first chargesheet from the ED detailed Chandrashekar’s alleged use of the stolen funds. In its supplementary chargesheet, it has alleged that Chandrashekar gave Fernandez gifts worth overINR 5 crore from the sum he swindled. The actor has been named as a defendant, and it is alleged that she knew the gifts were purchased with criminal proceeds.
“Sukesh Chandrasekhar had given various gifts worth INR 5.71 crore to Jacqueline Fernandez from the proceeds of crime generated by criminal activities including extortion. “Chandrasekhar had put Pinky Irani, his long-time associate and co-accused in this case to deliver the said gifts to her,” the ED had then said in a statement.
The ED had previously interrogated her and attached the actor’s property. In accordance with the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, the agency temporarily attached the actor’s INR 7 crore worth of assets in April.
Meanwhile, earlier this year, when Jacqueline’s pictures with the conman got leaked, she shared a long note on her Instagram account and requested the media and her fans to not circulate her intimate pictures with Sukesh.
“This country and its people have always shown me enormous love and respect,” she wrote. This also applies to my media acquaintances, from whom I have gained a lot of knowledge. Even though I’m going through a rough patch right now, I have faith that my friends and supporters will stick by me.
It is with this trust that I would request my media friends to not circulate images of a nature that intrude my privacy and personal space. You would not do this to your own loved ones, am sure you would not do this to me either. Hoping that justice and good sense prevails. Thank you.”
Chandrashekhar had claimed that he was in a relationship with the actress. Sukesh is a Bengaluru inhabitant who is currently the subject of 15 FIRs. He was previously accused of defrauding people in Bengaluru and Chennai out of numerous crores. He is currently detained in Tihar Jail in Delhi.