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Jacqueline Fernandez Was Aware of Conman Chandrashekar’s Criminal Past Says ED

In a recent development in the Jacqueline Fernandez-Sukesh Chandrashekhar case, the Enforcement Directorate, in its chargesheet, has revealed that actor Jacqueline was aware of conman Chandrashekhar’s criminal history. The ED said the actor cooked up a false story to make her way out of the investigations in a multi-crore money laundering case. However, Fernandez has constantly claimed that she never knew conman Sukesh’s criminal history.

What Does The ED Chargesheet Say?

Jacqueline Fernandez was well aware of the criminal antecedents of Sukesh Chandrashekhar and also the fact that Leena Maria Paul is his wife in February 2021,” said the chargesheet. “She consciously chose to overlook his criminal past and continued to indulge in financial transactions with him,” The chargesheet mentions that Jacqueline was informed about the criminal history of Sukesh by her hair stylist Shaan but chose to continue her relationship with Sukesh and enjoyed the financial benefits which are nothing but proceeds of crime.

“Despite being fully aware of his criminal history and that he is lodged in Tihar Jail, Jacqueline Fernandez was knowingly a party or actually involved in the process (money laundering) by using or enjoying the proceeds of crime by the way of valuable gifts,” said the ED agency. While Jacqueline has constantly tried to cover up by stating that she had been a victim of conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar, the actor has failed to provide any substantial material to prove her claim, said the chargesheet. The ED also added that the actor has consciously wiped her phone clean, deleting crucial evidence, which counts as tampering with evidence.

As per the ED, Sukesh Chandrashekhar gave ₹ 7.12 crore to Jacqueline – ₹ 1.26 crore to her sister in the US, ₹ 15 lakh to her brother in Australia and gifts worth ₹ 5.71 crore.

While investigating the money trail in a ₹ 200 crore extortion case against conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar, the Enforcement Directorate agency named actor Jacqueline Fernandez as an accused earlier this month. In the chargesheet, the female actor admitted to receiving 65 pairs of shoes, 32 bags, 4 Hermes bags, 20 pieces of jewellery, 47 dresses, 5 watches, 9 paintings and 1 Versace crockery set as gifts from Chandrashekhar. The agency added that the conman gifted 2 cars to Jacqueline’s parents in April 2021, which the actor did not disclose during her interrogation. After being confronted with evidence, the female actor admitted that Sukesh had also bought her a property in Welgana, Sri Lanka. 

The Delhi Police arrested conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar for allegedly extorting around ₹ 215 from Shivender Singh and Aditi Singh, former promoters of pharmaceutical giant Ranbaxy. ED had previously summoned multiple Bollywood celebrities, including Nora Fatehi, Janhvi Kapoor, Sara Ali Khan and Bhumi Pednekar in connection to the case. 

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