Assets worth Rs 7.27 crore of Bollywood actor Jacqueline Fernandez have been seized under the anti-money laundering law amid a criminal investigation against alleged scammer Sukesh Chandrashekhar and others, the Law Enforcement Directorate announced on Saturday.
The federal agency has issued a temporary order under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) to seize fixed deposits worth Rs 7.12 crore and Rs 15 lakh in cash from the actor 36, because she called these funds “proceeds of crime”. .
“Sukesh Chandrashekhar had offered various gifts worth Rs 5.71 crore to Jacqueline Fernandez from proceeds of crime generated from criminal activities including extortion.” “Chandrashekhar had asked Pinky Irani, his longtime associate and co-defendant in this case, to deliver the said gifts to him,” ED said in a statement.
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In addition to these gifts, he said, Chandrashekhar also donated “funds to the tune of $1,72,913 (approximately Rs 1.3 crore at the current exchange rate) and AUD 2,6740 (approximately Rs 14 lakh). ) to Fernandez’s immediate family members of the proceeds of crime through co-defendant Avtar Singh Kochhar, an established and well-known international hawala operator.”
The agency said its investigation revealed that Chandrashekhar had “handed over money to the tune of Rs 15 lakh to a screenwriter named Fernandez as an advance for writing a script for his serial project. website”. “That cash amount was also seized,” he said.
An investigation into the search for the remaining proceeds of crime is ongoing, the ED added. Fernandez is a Sri Lankan national and she has been questioned in this case by the Directorate of Enforcement (ED) on several occasions.
She was also barred by ED from flying overseas and asked to join the investigation, after she was intercepted at Mumbai airport in December last year before she could board a flight international.
The actor made his debut in Hindi film industry in 2009 and his recent release was Hindi film “Bachchhan Paandey”. The ED alleged that Chandrashekhar used illegal money to buy gifts for Fernandez which he extorted by cheating on prominent figures including the wife of former Fortis Healthcare promoter Shivinder Mohan Singh, Aditi Singh.
He allegedly tricked Aditi Singh and her sister by impersonating the Union Home Secretary and also the Legal Secretary over the phone.
ED said its investigation found that a person was “contacting people by spoofing calls to trick them because the numbers reflected on their phone were from government agents and he was pretending to be a government agent offering to help people.” people for a price”.
“By adopting this modus operandi, the said person contacted Aditi Singh, wife of Shivinder Mohan Singh, posing as Union Home Secretary, Union Legal Secretary, Office of the Prime Minister (PMO) and other junior officials and extorted more than Rs 200 crore from her over a period of one year under the guise of contributing to party funds.”
“The said person was con artist Sukesh Chandrasekhar who was running his illegal extortion business from Delhi Central Jail (Tihar Jail) in connivance with the prison officials,” ED said.
The actor told the ED, in his taped statement in August and October last year, that she had “received” gifts like three designer bags from Gucci, Chanel, two Gucci sportswear, a pair of Louis Vuitton shoes, two pairs of diamond earrings and a bracelet of multicolored stones and two Hermès bracelets from Chandrashekhar.
Fernandez further stated that she returned a Mini Cooper car which she also received. The agency found in its investigation that Chandrashekhar had been in “regular contact” with Fernandez since February until he was arrested on August 7 last year (by Delhi police).
ED has arrested a total of 9 people in the case so far including Chandrashekhar, his wife Leena Maria Paul, Pinky Irani and others and also filed two indictments in a Delhi court.
First post: STI