Actor Jacqueline Fernandez, who has been summoned twice by the Enforcement Directorate in relation to the Rs 200 crore money laundering case involving Sukesh Chandrasekhar, was once again questioned by the agency on Wednesday for hours, ANI reported.
This came days after the former Miss Sri Lanka 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.
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.
Later that month, Chandrashekhar’s lawyer alleged that the actor was dating the conman, which her spokesperson denied. Amidst that, pictures of Fernandez kissing Chandrashekhar, reportedly dating back to April-June when the latter was out on interim bail recently went viral. Chandrashekhar had allegedly arranged for a private jet for the actor to meet him around four times in Chennai during this period.
Fernandez has so far not issued any statements regarding these reports. The actor’s spokesperson had however, earlier said she was testifying before the agency as a witness.
Apart from her, actor Nora Fatehi was also questioned by the agency in October regarding the same case.
Chandrasekhar who has over 20 cases to his name, was arrested in 2017 for attempting to bribe the Election Commission. He was accused of taking money from Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam head TTV Dhinakaran to bribe Election Commission officials in order to get the AIADMK’s ‘two leaves’ symbol for the Sasikala faction in a by-election for the RK Nagar Assembly seat in Tamil Nadu. He was jailed in Delhi’s Rohini jail for the offence.