Jacqueline Fernandez moves Delhi HC to quash FIR in money laundering case involving conman Sukesh Chandrasekhar

Jacqueline Fernandez moves Delhi HC to quash FIR in money laundering case involving conman Sukesh Chandrasekhar

Bollywood actor Jacqueline Fernandez has moved the Delhi High Court seeking the quashing of ECIR (FIR) and supplementary chargesheet filed by the Enforcement Directorate in Rs 200 Crore money laundering case involving alleged conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar.

The plea stated that evidence filed by the Directorate of Enforcement would prove that the Petitioner is an innocent victim of Sukesh Chandrashekhar‘s maliciously targeted attack.

There is no indication that she had any involvement whatsoever in aiding him to launder his purportedly ill-gotten wealth. Hence, she cannot be prosecuted for the offences under Sections 3 and 4 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002.

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Jacqueline also stated that the Directorate of Enforcement has acted in a partisan manner while arraigning the Petitioner as an Accused in the Impugned Complaint.

The Directorate of Enforcement has given a clean chit to actress Nora Fatehi despite itnbeing an admitted fact on record that her family member received a BMW car from Sukesh Chandrashekhar on her instructions. It is of importance to note herein that the fact of Nora Fatehi receiving a gift from Sukesh Chandrashekhar has been presented by the Directorate of Enforcement under the head ‘Dissipation of Proceeds of Crime.

She also stated that the Directorate of Enforcement is playing hot and cold at the same time. In identical facts, the Petitioner has been arraigned as an accused, Aditi Singh has been identified as the Original Complainant, and artists like Nora Fatehi whose family member received a BMW Car, and other artists like Nikita Tamboli, Chahatt Khanna, and Sophia Singh who physically visited the Tihar Jail premises have not been arraigned as an accused. This reflects a malafide investigation against the present Petitioner.

The entire case put forth by the Directorate of Enforcement hinges on a single alleged news article shared with the Petitioner. Based on this sole piece of evidence, the Directorate of Enforcement contends that Petitioner might have been aware of Sukesh’s imprisonment but still chose to accept gifts from him, thereby she has been arraigned as an accused for the offence of money laundering, the plea stated.

A mere perusal of this article reveals that it was published in the year 2020, which is more than a year before the date on which the FIR in the predicate offence was registered by the EOW Delhi. This Article contains no information whatsoever about the scheduled offence, thus rendering it impossible to ascribe any knowledge of the scheduled Offense to Petitioner based on this article.

Jacqueline Fernandez is being investigated by the ED in a Rs-200 crore money laundering
case involving alleged conman Sukesh Chandrasekhar. Jacqueline had appeared before the probe agency for questioning in a money laundering investigation against alleged conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar and others.

She is a Sri Lankan National living in India since 2009. She belongs to a Bollywood Fraternity and holds a good name in the Bollywood industry, stated the application. She earlier stated that being a renowned film the actress has been invited for Events, press conferences, Rehearsals and participation in the event.

The Applicant has always joined the investigation before the Enforcement Directorate and remains present in all the court proceedings, following the law of the land. She earlier stated that she is ready and willing to abide by any such conditions that this Court may deem fit to impose if the prayer sought is granted, by the law.

The Economic Offence Wing (EOW) of Delhi Police earlier also filed a supplementary chargesheet against Pinki in connection investigation of the Rs 200-crore extortion case involving conman Sukesh Chandrasekhar.

According to Delhi police Mumbai-based Pinky Iris said to be a close aide of Chandrashekhar and introduced him to bollywood actor Jacqueline Fernandez. The fresh supplementary also mentioned the progress taken place through the recording of various statements including Jacqueline Fernandez, Nora Fatehi etc.

Jacqueline Fernandez makes shocking allegations against Sukesh Chandrasekhar

According to an India Today report, Jacqueline, while speaking in the court, claimed that Sukesh Chandrashekhar “played with her emotions and made her life hell”. She also alleged that he completely misled her and further ruined her life and career.

Further divulging details on how she met Sukesh, Jacqueline added that she met him through his close aide, Pinky Irani. Irani who introduced Sukesh as a government official and a close relative of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalitha. He also claimed to be the owner of Sun TV and also asked Jacqueline to work in south films.

Besides this, the actress also revealed that she used to get frequent voice and video calls from Sukesh. “He used to call at least three times a day but never mentioned him being in the prison. Usually, I could only see screens behind him or he would sit in a corner,” she added.

Finally, noting that Sukesh’s aide, Pinky Irani was aware of everything, Jacqueline alleged that the two intentionally cheated her.

With added inputs from agencies

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