New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Saturday seized Rs 7.27 crore worth of assets of Bollywood actor Jacqueline Fernandez in a money laundering case related to the jailed conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar. According to ED sources, as quoted by news agency ANI, the seized property is a fixed deposit.

Jacqueline Fernandez found herself in the middle of a massive controversy after her name came up in Rs 200 crore money laundering case related to conman Sukesh Chandrasekhar. As per the central enforcement agency, Jacqueline is a "beneficiary" of the proceeds of crime allegedly generated by Chandrashekhar after coning and extorting money from some high-profile people.

The ED estimated that Chandrasekhar had given gifts worth over Rs 5 crore to Fernandez using the extorted money as well as funds close to US dollar 173,000 and around 27,000 Australian dollars to her close family members. The action was taken months after ED confronted another arrested accused in the case, Pinky Irani with Chandrashekhar during interrogation.

Some gifts and fixed deposits are understood to have been attached by the federal probe agency after a provisional order was issued by it under sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The 36-year-old actor is a Sri Lankan national and she has been questioned in this case by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) a number of times.

It is alleged that Chandrashekhar to purchase gifts for Fernandez used illegal money, extorted by cheating high-profile people including former Fortis Healthcare promoter Shivinder Mohan Singh's wife Aditi Singh. ED sources further said that Chandrashekar gave huge amounts of money to the family members of Jacqueline Fernandez. 

The actor told the ED, in her statement recorded in August and October last year, that she "received" gifts like three designer bags from Gucci, Chanel, 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 from Chandrashekhar.

She told the federal anti-money laundering agency that she returned a Mini Cooper car that she had similarly received. The agency found in its probe that Chandrashekhar was in "regular contact" with Fernandez since February till he got arrested on August 7 last year (by the Delhi Police). He was later arrested by the ED too.

Sukesh is currently lodged in Delhi's Tihar jail and is currently under prosecution for Rs 200 crore money laundering case. The ED arrested the conman and his partner, Leena Maria Paul, under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.


(With PTI Inputs)

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan