According to reports, a 7-crore fixed deposit in star Jacqueline Fernandez’s name has been attached as part of the probe into suspected 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 handed the actor presents worth 5.71 crore from the 200 crore he allegedly extorted from the family of Shivinder Singh, the previous owner of Ranbaxy who was sentenced in 2019 in a money laundering case, according to the Enforcement Directorate.
Chandrashekhar has stated that the two were dating.
The lawsuit against Chandrashekhar was filed when Aditi Singh, Shivinder Singh’s wife, accused him of defrauding her of money after assuring her that he would arrange for her husband’s release.
As the inquiry into Chandrashekhar grew, details of his opulent lifestyle emerged, including a beachside property in Chennai and a collection of 23 automobiles, 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 getting a 1.5 million dollar loan from Chandrashekhar, as well as presents 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 “acquired” a Mini Cooper automobile, which she returned later.
According to reports, the central agency discovered that Chandrashekhar paid large sums of money to the Bollywood actor’s family.
Chandrashekhar’s lawyer published a letter written by the conman inside the jail earlier this year, in which the conman claimed that his gifts to the actor were regular 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 rewards, as it has been projected, remarked on, and trolled in a negative manner ,” he added.
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“There are no expectations in the relationship; there is a lot of love and respect for one 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 role in the ongoing money-laundering matter, as I previously said,” the letter continued.
“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 huge deal.
At the same time, I’d like to be assured that none of this was the result of “so-called criminal activity.” “It’s all from genuine revenues,” Chandrashekhar added, “and the same will be proven in a court of law very soon.”