In the money laundering case against conman Sukesh Chandrashekar, who is accused of demanding extortion payments totalling a staggering 200 crore, actor Jacqueline Fernandez has been named as an accused.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED), which is looking into the money trail in the extortion case, has named the actor as one of the accused persons in the supplementary charge sheet it has submitted to the Court.
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 assets totalling 7 crores in April (PMLA).
“Sukesh Chandrasekhar gave Jacqueline Fernandez a number of gifts totalling 5.71 crore rupees from the proceeds of crime, which included extortion.”
The ED had then stated in a statement, “Chandrasekhar had put Pinky Irani, his longtime associate and co-accused in this case, to deliver the said gifts to her.”
According to the ED, these gifts included a horse worth 52 lakh rupees and a Persian cat worth 9 lakh rupees. The agency has also claimed that Chandrashekar gave substantial sums of money to Ms. Fernandez’s family.
The ED claims Chandrashekar defrauded the family of former Ranbaxy promoters of 200 crore rupees, of which 5.71 crore were gifts given to the actor.
Ms. Fernandez, a citizen of Sri Lanka, made her film debut in Hindi in 2009.
In this case, the ED has made a total of eight arrests. Chandrashekhar and his wife Leena Maria Paul are among them.