Breaking: Actor Jacqueline Fernandez quizzed in Rs 200 cr fraud as witness
Bollywood actor Jacqueline Fernandez has been questioned as a witness in money laundering case. She was quizzed by the Enforcement Directorate. This was in connection with an accusation in a multi-crore extortion racket. The extortion racquet was being run by a certain Sukesh Chandrashekar, a “conman” who is also an accused in bribery case.
“She is not an accused, but is being examined as a witness in the case against conman Sukesh Chandrasekhar,” sources in the Enforcement Directorate have told media agencies.
The agency questioned the Lankan movie star for about five hours.
Chandrashekar had allegedly gulped the 36-year-old, too, agency sources said. It is believed that the actor fell on his radar through his wife Leena Paul.
Another top film star has been his target. Authorities already know about this. However, in order to protect that person, they have avoided revealing the identity of the person concerned.
On August 24, the probe agency had said that it had seized a sea-facing bungalow in Chennai, ₹ 82.5 lakh cash, and over a dozen luxurious cars in connection with the money laundering case against Chandrashekar.
The case is based on an FIR of the Delhi police’s economic offences wing against him and others over alleged criminal conspiracy, cheating, and extortion to the tune of about ₹ 200 crore.
“Sukesh Chandrasekhar is the mastermind of this fraud. He has been a part of the crime world since the age of 17. He has multiple FIRs against him and is presently lodged at the Rohini jail,” the Enforcement Directorate had said in the statement for following last week’s raid.
It has also been alleged that he took money from TTV Dhinakaran, leader of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhakam’s (AIADMK) ‘Amma’ faction, to bribe poll panel officials in connection with the dispute over the party’s ‘two leaves’ election symbol.