The Enforcement Directorate, in relation to the Rs 200 crore money laundering case, has filed a chargesheet against conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar which stated that actor Jacqueline Fernandez, who was earlier questioned in connection with the case, received luxury cars, phones, and other expensive gifts from him, IndianExpress reported.
Chandrashekhar reportedly got in touch with Jacqueline through her makeup artist, Shaan Muttathil, the ED has said in a chargesheet filed under the anti-money laundering law. The agency stated that Sukesh had claimed he was from “Jayalalithaa’s political party and owner of Sun TV…”
He was in touch with Fernandez till his arrest and had “provided various gifts to her and her family members, arranged chartered flights for her to fly within India and her hotel stay, made payments in cash to a scriptwriter on (her) behalf… All these expenses/payments were made by Sukesh Chandrashekhar out of proceeds of crime acquired through criminal activities related to a scheduled offence,” the ED stated.
The statement further said that she “received gifts viz three Gucci and Chanel designer bags, 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. She also received a Mini Cooper, which she returned.”
The ED is probing the case based on a FIR filed by Delhi Police’s Economic Offences Wing against conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar and others over alleged criminal conspiracy, cheating, and extortion of about Rs. 200 crore. The agency has seized a sea-facing bungalow in Chennai, along with Rs. 82.5 lakh in cash and over a dozen luxury cars in connection with the case.
In August, Fernandez was questioned by ED as a witness in the case for over five hours in Delhi. She was considered to be one of many victims in the Rs. 200 crore scam. The actor was again questioned by the ED in October for over seven hours. A few days earlier, she was deboarded from a flight by immigration officials at the Mumbai airport on Sunday due to a Look Out Circular (LOC) issued against her by the ED. The actor was later allowed to leave Mumbai the same evening.