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The Enforcement Directorate (ED) filed supplementary charge sheet in the Rs 200 crore money laundering case involving conman Sukesh Chandrashekar, includes Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez as an accused, claim sources.
Sukesh Chandrashekar was previously detained by the Delhi Police for allegedly extorting over ₹ 215 crore from Aditi Singh and Shivendra Singh, associates of the former promoters of the pharmaceutical giant Ranbaxy. The ED launched its money laundering investigation after taking cognizance of the Delhi Police case, according to a NDTV report.
The ED’s first chargesheet mentioned how Chandrashekar used the allegedly swindled money. In its supplementary chargesheet, it has alleged that Chandrashekar gave Fernandez gifts worth over ₹ 5 crore from the sum he swindled.
The directorate has named the actress 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 ₹ 5.71 crore 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 actress and had also questioned her. The agency in April provisionally attached ₹ 7 crore assets of the actress under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
Among these gifts were a horse worth ₹ 52 lakh and a Persian cat worth ₹ 9 lakh, the ED has alleged. The agency has also alleged that Chandrashekar gave huge sums of money to the family members of Ms Fernandez.
Sri Lankan mational Fernandez made her debut in the Hindi film industry, in 2009.