It is alleged that conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar used to purchase gifts for Jacqueline Fernandez using illegal money, extorted by cheating high-profile people.
New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate on Saturday attached assets worth Rs 7.27 crore of Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez in the extortion case filed against conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar. The attached assets include 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 came after a provisional order was issued by it under sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
It is 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 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 told the federal anti-money laundering agency that she returned a Mini Cooper car which she had similarly received from Chandrasekhar.
The ED also found in its probe that Chandrashekhar was in “regular contact” with Fernandez since February till he got arrested on August 7 last year (by the Delhi Police). He was later arrested by the ED too. Chandrasekha was arrested by the ED for extorting Rs 215 crore by impersonating officials of the Home Ministry and Law Ministry.