NEW DELHI: Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez was questioned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday as a witness in a money laundering case. This was in relation to a multi-crore extortion ring allegedly run by Sukesh Chandrashekar, a “renowned conman” who is also a suspect in a bribery case involving the Election Commission.
“She is not an accused, but she is being questioned as a witness in the case against conman Sukesh Chandrasekhar,” Enforcement Directorate sources said, referring to the 36-year-old Sri Lankan movie star.
On August 24, the investigation agency announced that it had confiscated a sea-facing mansion in Chennai, Rs 82.5 lakh in cash, and over a dozen luxury cars in connection with Chandrashekar’s money laundering case.
The issue stems from a FIR filed by the Delhi police’s economic offences wing against him and others alleging criminal conspiracy, cheating, and extortion in the amount of Rs 200 crore.
“The fraud’s mastermind is Sukesh Chandrasekhar. Since the age of 17, he has been a part of the criminal underworld. He is currently detained at the Rohini jail, where he is facing many FIRs “Following last week’s raid, the Enforcement Directorate issued a statement.
He is also accused of taking money from TTV Dhinakaran, the leader of the AIADMK’s ‘Amma’ faction, to bribe poll panel officials over the party’s ‘two leaves’ election symbol controversy.
He allegedly agreed to help the AIADMK (Amma) group preserve the ‘two leaves’ symbol for Rs 50 crore. At the time of his arrest, an amount of Rs 1.3 crore was purportedly recovered from his hands.