Actor Jacqueline Fernandez’s ₹ 7 Crore Frozen Over Conman Links: Sources
According to sources, a 7-crore fixed deposit in actor Jacqueline Fernandez’s name has been attached as part of the investigation into alleged conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar’s 200-crore money laundering case.
The Enforcement Directorate has seized assets worth Rs 7.27 crore, including a Rs 7.12 crore fixed deposit and a Rs 15 lakh payment made on Chandrashekhar’s behalf to a script writer.
Chandrashekhar allegedly gave the actor gifts worth 5.71 crore from the 200 crore he allegedly extorted from the family of Shivinder Singh, the former owner of Ranbaxy who was jailed in 2019 in a money laundering case, according to the Enforcement Directorate.
Chandrashekhar has claimed that the two were dating.
The case against Chandrashekhar was filed after Aditi Singh, Shivinder Singh’s wife, accused him of defrauding her of money after promising her that he would arrange for her husband’s release.
As the investigation into Chandrashekhar grew, details of his opulent lifestyle emerged, including a seaside mansion in Chennai and a fleet of 23 cars, including a Ferrari, Bentley, and Rolls Royce.
The actress has been questioned by investigators about her ties to the conman. She is said to have admitted to receiving a 1.5 lakh dollar loan from Chandrashekhar, as well as gifts such as a 52 lakh rupee horse, a 9 lakh rupee Persian cat, gem-studded earrings, and a Hermes bracelet. She is also said to have “received” a Mini Cooper car, which she returned later. According to sources, the central agency discovered that Chandrashekhar gave large sums of money to the Bollywood actor’s family.
Chandrashekhar’s lawyer released a letter written by the conman inside the jail earlier this year, in which the conman claimed that his gifts to the actor were normal as in any relationship.
“As I previously stated, I and Jacqueline were in a relationship, seeing each other, and the relationship was not based on any monetary benefits, as it has been projected, commented on, and trolled in a negative light (sic),” he wrote.
“There are no expectations in the relationship, but there is a lot of love and respect for each other. Please refrain from casting her in a negative light, as it is difficult for her to love without expecting anything in return. She has no involvement in the ongoing money-laundering case, as I previously stated “the addition of the letter.
“I’ve given her gifts and done things for her family; these are typical things that a man would do for his partner in a relationship. It’s a private matter. I’m not sure why this is being made such a big deal. At the same time, I’d like to be certain that none of this was the result of “so-called criminal activity.” Everything is based on legitimate earnings, which will be proven in a court of law very soon “Chandrashekhar wrote.
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