Mumbai, Oct 20 (IndiaToday) – Bollywood actor Jacqueline Fernandez is being questioned by the Enforcement Directorate in the Rs 200 crore extortion case involving conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar. After skipping questioning four times, Jacqueline appeared before the ED’s Delhi office around 3 pm on Wednesday.
Sources say the actor’s statement is being recorded under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
Jacqueline Fernandez’s financial transactions and her alleged association with Sukesh Chandrashekhar are under the scanner of the Enforcement Directorate (ED).
While investigating the money trail, sources say, the investigators learnt about the alleged link between Jacqueline Fernandez with the conman. The ED is also trying to find out if there were any financial transactions between Sukesh Chandrashekhar and Jacqueline Fernandez.
According to sources, Jacqueline Fernandez was asked the following questions by ED:
- When was the first time she met either Sukesh Chandrasekar or his wife Leena Maria Paul?
- Did she speak to Sukesh over the phone? If yes, how many times and did she know the person on the other side was Sukesh?
- Did she ever meet Sukesh in person?
- Did she have any kind of financial transaction or business dealings with Sukesh or his wife’s companies in the past two or three years?
- Did she receive any gift(s) from them? If she did receive any gift(s), when and what were the gifts?
Why is Jacqueline Fernandez being questioned
The ED had recorded Jacqueline’s statement on at least one earlier occasion in connection with the case. In her first statement, she allegedly told the investigators that she was also a victim of Sukesh and denied any wrongdoing.
Conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar, along with his wife and actor Leena Paul, is in ED custody along with five others in connection with the Rs 200 crore extortion case.
Earlier this month, actor and performer Nora Fatehi was also questioned by the agency over her reported links with Sukesh Chandrashekhar and his wife Leena Paul.
Fatehi’s spokesperson later issued a statement last week saying that the actor did not have any personal links with conman Sukesh Chandrasekhar. “Nora Fatehi has been the victim around the case and being a witness, she is co-operating and helping the officers in the investigation,” the statement said.
Conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar landed on the ED’s radar after it was found that he had been extorting money from inside Delhi’s Tihar jail.
A native of Bengaluru, he was arrested in 2011 and then again in 2017 in connection with a bribery case.