The Enforcement Directorate documented actor Jacqueline Fernandez’s witness statement with relation to a fraud case filed against con artist Sukesh Chandrasekhar on Monday.
According to sources, Jacqueline Fernandez’s statement was captured as a victim in the fraud case filed against Sukesh Chandrasekhar under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
The ED’s official announcement is expected. Nevertheless, security personnel at the agency’s Delhi headquarters claimed to have seen the actor enter the office at 10:30 a.m.
Sukesh Chandrasekar is suspected of defrauding the family of previous Ranbaxy promoters Shivinder Singh and Malvinder Singh of Rs 200 crore. The Sri Lankan actress is thought to have caught his attention through his spouse, Leena Paul.
On August 24, the inquiry agency announced that it had confiscated a sea-facing mansion in Chennai, as well as 82.5 lakh in cash and a slew of high-end vehicles, in connection with the money-laundering case against Chandrashekar.
The case is based on an FIR filed by the Delhi police’s financial crimes wing against him and others for alleged criminal conspiracies, fraud, and blackmail amounting to Rs 200 crores.
“Sukesh Chandrasekhar is the strategist behind this deception. He’s been involved in the criminal underworld since he was 17 years old. He is currently imprisoned at the Rohini jail on various FIRs “Following last week’s raid, the Enforcement Directorate issued a statement.
It is also claimed that he collected money from TTV Dhinakaran, leader of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhakam’s ‘Amma’ faction, to bribe the Election Commission officials in conjunction with the party’s ‘two leaves’ symbol controversy.
Based on facts uncovered throughout the inquiry, the investigative agency has questioned Jacqueline Fernandez for the second time. She was interrogated for nearly five hours last month.
According to sources, Sukesh Chandrasekhar, who was in jail at the time, was in regular contact with the actor via phone calls and text messages, and the agency wants to question him about it.
Conman’s intricate plan
While questioned how Sukesh Chandrashekhar managed such a complex plot from within a jail cell, the officer replied, “He began by obtaining a cell device and employing advanced technologies to create counterfeit calls to his victims. The unsuspecting victims thought they were answering calls from public officials, but they were chatting with a hustler who had been in jail.”
According to the officer, the conman also enlisted the help of a few top jail employees to guarantee that his plot did not encounter any setbacks.
Sukesh Chandrashekhar had also enlisted the services of a banker, Komal Poddar, Vice-President of RBL Bank, and a few others to help him move the money around, while others in the ring were charged with collecting.
What caused its biggest failure?
The profitable scam came tumbling down when the ED apprehended Sukesh Chandrashekhar following an anonymous tip-off. The agency quickly discovered that he had been collecting large sums of money from the wife of a businessman in exchange for “resolving” all complaints against the entrepreneur.
“He’d say that person to move the money to a new place in Delhi each time, then send his men to collect it from her.” In the previous year, she sent him to cash about 30-35 times.” According to an official with the Enforcement Directorate. He further added that it took some time for the CIA to track down Sukesh Chandrashekhar because most of his disguised calls were uncovered.
When the ED learned about the conman’s accomplices, it raided the residence of banker Komal Poddar and recovered 82.5 lakh in cash and two kg of gold bars.
As evidence piled up against Sukesh Chandrashekhar, the Delhi Police’s Economic Offences Wing (EOW) launched a case against him and put him into custody. The ED further revealed that two top officers from Rohini jail who were working for the conman had been arrested.
How ED discovered at the magnificent sea-facing home of a fraudster
As part of the inquiry, ED agents raided Sukesh Chandrashekhar’s huge sea-facing mansion in Chennai. The bungalow alone is worth ten crores.
Returning to Jacqueline Fernandez, she is extremely busy with work, juggling various projects. Jacqueline will appear in an upcoming horror-comedy alongside Saif Ali Khan, Arjun Kapoor, and Yami Gautam, which will be published on the OTT platform next month. Jacqueline is also working on ‘Ram Setu,’ ‘Attack,’ and ‘Bachchan Pandey,’ in addition to Salman Khan’s highly anticipated ‘Kick 2’. She was previously seen in the song video ‘Paani Paani,’ in which she co-starred with rap artist Badshah.