Jacqueline Fernandez: In connection with the Rs.200 crore extortion case involving conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar, Delhi’s Patiala House Court summoned actor Jacqueline Fernandez, ordering her to appear in court on September 26. According to ANI, the court accepted the extra charge sheet filed in the case, which included the actress as an offender.
Previously, the Enforcement Directorate mentioned Jacqueline Fernandez as a beneficiary of the extortion money in the additional chargesheet. According to the chargesheet, the actor was aware that Sukesh Chandrashekhar was a criminal and an extortionist.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) summoned Jacqueline in connection with the money laundering investigation. Following the summons, Jacqueline attended to the ED headquarters in June to record her statement. She told the authorities that she met Chandrashekhar in 2017.
In her response to the authorities of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, who have attached several of her Fixed Deposits (FDs), the actress stated that her FDs are from her “own legitimate of income” and have no connection to conman Sukesh Chandrasekhar and were created even before the conman “existed.” The authority seized her investments when Jacqueline’s name was revealed in the 200-crore money laundering case involving Sukesh Chandrasekhar.
“Just because she is (a) recipient of certain gifts which were forced on her for forming a connect, can’t be used to ignore the fact which the record otherwise clearly shows that she was conned by Sukesh Chandrasekhar. The approach of ED, unfortunately, seems to be highly mechanical and motivated, hence, blinded towards the fact that respondent (Jacqueline) has lost more than what can be measured in money,” Jacqueline Fernandez stated in her response. Unfortunately, the ED’s approach appears to be excessively mechanical and motivated, and hence blind to the reality that respondent (Jacqueline) has lost more than money.”
Jacqueline further accused ED of deception, claiming that Nora Fatehi and other celebrities who received gifts from the main accused, Sukesh Chandrashekhar, had been called witnesses while she is being dragged as an accused.
“What is surprising is that like the respondent (Jacqueline), some other celebrities, notably Norah Fatehi was also conned by Chandrasekhar and Fatehi and other such celebrities who received gifts from the accused, are made witnesses whereas she is sought to be dragged as an accused. This clearly shows a malafide, motivated and biased approach on the part of investigation authority which cannot be ignored,” she responded to PMLA.
The actress also alleged that despite her repeated refusals, Chandrasekhar kept on showering her with presents.