The Delhi Police’s EOW had on September 3 questioned Bollywood actress Nora Fatehi for around four hours in connection with the extortion case
New Delhi: Economic Offence Wing (EOW) of Delhi Police has reportedly questioned Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez in a case of Rs 200 crore extortion linked to conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar.
As per the report, the financial probe agency has prepared a long list of questions for Jacqueline Fernandez. The agency reportedly questioned her about alleged relationship with conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar, and the gifts she received from him.
According to the report, the actress reached at the Mandir Marg office of the Economic Offences Wing in Delhi at around 11.30 am. The agency had also summoned Pinky Irani, who had introduced Fernandez to the conman. As per the report, both Fernandez and Irani can be confronted during the questioning. It has also been reported that the Bollywood actress’ questioning might continue over the next couple of days.
Delhi Police had on august 31 summoned Jacqueline Fernandez for questioning in connection with a multi-crore money laundering case. The Bollywood actress has also been summoned by a Delhi court on September 26 in the same case.
Later on September 3, the Delhi Police’s EOW had questioned Bollywood actor Nora Fatehi for around four hours in connection with the extortion case linked to incarcerated conman Sukesh Chandrasekhar.
Earlier, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) had questioned Chandasekhar and Fatehi together on suspicion of money laundering. When interrogated by the probe agency, Fatehi had denied having spoken to Chandrasekhar before December 12, 2020 but the conman said he had spoken to her two weeks prior to that after an event.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had on August 17 made Fernandez an accused in the Rs 215 crore extortion case involving conman Sukesh ChandraShekhar. Jacqueline’s involvement in the case had come after her picture went viral with conman Sukesh earlier. It had been reported that the actress was aware that the conman was an extortionist.
The probe agency had named Jacqueline Fernandez as an accused but the actress has denied any such involvement. The actress had told the agency that both were dating each other. Conman Sukesh Chandrashekar is accused of extorting money from big people like businessmen, political leaders and celebrities. He is also accused of extorting Rs 215 crore in one year from a businessman’s wife while he was lodged in a Delhi jail.
On April 30, the financial probe agency had attached assets worth Rs 7.27 crore of Fernandez in the extortion case filed against conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar. The attached assets included a fixed deposit worth Rs 7.12 crore under Fernandez.
Apart from the fixed deposits, gifts given by Chandrashekhar to Fernandez were also attached. The move by the central agency had come after a provisional order was issued by it under sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
It was also alleged that Chandrashekhar used to purchase gifts for Fernandez using illegal money, extorted by cheating high-profile people, including former Fortis Healthcare promoter Shivinder Mohan Singh’s wife Aditi Singh.
Meanwhile, Fernandez had told the police that she “received” gifts like three designer bags from Gucci, Chanel, two Gucci outfits for gym wear, a pair of Louis Vuitton shoes, two pairs of diamond earrings and a bracelet of multi-coloured stones and two Hermes bracelets from Chandrashekhar. Fernandez was questioned last year.
She had told the federal anti-money laundering agency that she returned a Mini Cooper car which she had similarly received from Chandrasekhar.
The ED had also found in its probe that Chandrashekhar was in “regular contact” with Fernandez from February till he got arrested on August 7 last year (by the Delhi Police). He was later arrested by the ED too. Chandrasekhar was arrested by the ED for extorting Rs 215 crore by impersonating officials of the Home Ministry and Law Ministry.