A Rs 7-crore mounted deposit underneath actor Jacqueline Fernandez’s title has been connected as a part of the investigation into the Rs 200-crore cash laundering case towards alleged conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar, sources have mentioned.
The Enforcement Directorate has connected belongings price Rs 7.27 crore – this consists of the Rs 7.12-crore mounted deposit and an quantity of Rs 15 lakh that was paid by Chandrashekhar to a script author on the actor’s behalf.
The Enforcement Directorate alleges that Chandrashekhar gave items price Rs 5.71 crore to the actor from the Rs 200-crore he allegedly extorted from the household of Shivinder Singh, former proprietor of Ranbaxy who was jailed in 2019 in a cash laundering case.
The 2, Chandrashekhar has claimed, had been in a relationship.
The case towards Chandrashekhar was registered following a criticism by Aditi Singh, spouse of Shivinder Singh, who accused him of taking the cash from her after promising her that he would organize for her husband’s launch.
Because the investigation towards Chandrashekhar widened, an uber-luxe life-style of a flamboyant con man got here to the fore – a seaside mansion in Chennai, a fleet of 23 automobiles together with a Ferrari, a Bentley and a Rolls Royce.
Investigators have questioned the actor over her hyperlinks with the conman. She is learnt to have confessed to receiving a 1.5 lakh greenback mortgage from Chandrashekhar, together with items that included a horse price Rs 52 lakh, a Persian cat price Rs 9 lakh, gem-studded earrings and an Hermes bracelet. She reportedly additionally “obtained” a Mini Cooper automotive which she later returned.
The central company, sources mentioned, has additionally discovered that Chandrashekhar gave enormous quantities to the members of the family of the Bollywood actor.
Earlier this 12 months, Chandrashekhar’s lawyer launched a letter he wrote contained in the jail by which the conman mentioned his items to the actor had been regular as in any relationship.
“As I’ve talked about earlier than, I and Jacqueline had been in a relationship, seeing one another, and the connection was not based mostly on any sort of financial advantages like the way in which it is projected, commented, and trolled in a nasty mild (sic),” he wrote.
“The connection has a number of love and respect for one another with none expectations. Kindly requesting everybody to cease projecting her in a nasty approach, as it is not straightforward on her, who has solely beloved with out anticipating something. As I’ve talked about earlier than that she has no involvement within the ongoing money-laundering case,” the letter added.
“I’ve gifted her issues and carried out issues for her household, are regular issues one would do for his beloved one in a relationship. It is private. I do not perceive why it is being made such an enormous deal. On the identical time, I want to once more sure that none of this was ‘proceeds of so-called crime’. It is all from reputable earnings and the identical can be proved within the court docket of regulation very quickly,” Chandrashekhar wrote.