Jacqueline named as accused

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Actress Jacqueline Fernandez has been named an accused in the supplementary charge sheet filed in a Delhi Court by the Enforcement Directorate, according to Indian media yesterday (17).

The NDTV reported that the actress has been named an accused in the money-laundering case against conman Sukesh Chandrashekar, who faces charges of extortion amounting to a massive INR 2 billion.

The actor has been named an accused in the supplementary charge sheet filed in a Delhi Court by the Enforcement Directorate (ED), which is probing the money trail in the extortion case. Earlier, Delhi Police had arrested Chandrashekar for allegedly extorting around INR 2.15 billion from Aditi Singh and Shivender Singh, members of the former promoters of pharmaceutical giant Ranbaxy. Taking cognizance of the Delhi Police case, the ED started its money laundering probe.

The ED’s first charge sheet mentioned how Chandrashekar used the allegedly swindled money. In its supplementary charge sheet, it has alleged that Chandrashekar gave Fernandez gifts worth over INR 50 million from the sum he swindled. It has named the actor as an accused, alleging that she was aware that the gifts were bought from the proceeds of the crime.

“Sukesh Chandrasekhar had given various gifts worth INR 57.1 million to Jacqueline Fernandez from the proceeds of crime generated by criminal activities including extortion.”

“Chandrasekhar had put Pinky Irani, his long-time associate and co-accused in this case to deliver the said gifts to her,” the ED had then said in a statement.

Earlier, the ED had attached assets belonging to the actor and had also questioned her. The agency in April provisionally attached INR 7 crore assets of the actor under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). Among these gifts are a horse worth INR 5.2 million and a Persian cat worth INR 900,000, ED sources have said. The sources also alleged that Chandrashekar gave huge sums of money to the family members of Fernandez. She had also received designer bags and clothes from luxury brands Gucci and Chanel, the sources said. Chandrasekhar had also given INR 1.5 million to a scriptwriter on behalf of Fernandez as an advance for writing a web series project, they added.

Fernandez, who is a Sri Lankan national, made her debut in Bollywood in 2009.