Delhi Police Economic Offence Wing (EOW) on Wednesday arrested conman Sukesh Chandrashekar’s aide who allegedly helped him in befriending Bollywood divas including Jacqueline Fernandes and Nora Fatehi. Chandrashekhar and his wife are behind bar in connection with the extortion of Rs 200 crore from a business.
Investigation has found that the extortion money was used in giving expensive gifts to Bollywood actresses and celebrities. Fernandes was also earlier chargesheeted and later got interim bail by the court.
As per EOW officials, Irani was the one who introduced Chandrashekhar to Fernandes. She would remain in touch with Chandrashekhar (while he was in jail) through video conferencing. Irani also purchased gifts for Fernandez, said police sources.
In the month of September, Irani and Fernandes were called for questioning and both were also asked to confront with each other.
On Wednesday, Irani was called for questioning again and following interrogation she was put under arrest.
As per the statement of Delhi Police, Pinky Irani of Mumbai joined the investigation at EOW office on Wednesday and after having sufficient evidence against her, she was put under arrest. She was also produced before the concerned court, where her three days Police Custody remand was granted, the police statement said.
The same money laundering case is also being investigated by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and Irani was arrested by ED too. She later got bail.
In its supplementary charge sheet filed recently, the agency said that Fernandez was aware of Chandrasekhar’s criminal past but continued with financial transactions with him. She is a co-accused in the charge sheet filed before a special PMLA court.
The ED also said that Chandrasekhar used the proceeds of the crime to gift valuable items and cars to her and her family in India and abroad.
In April, the agency attached her properties worth ₹7.27 crore. The properties under the scanner were those received by her in the form of gifts from the conman.
A native of Karnataka’s Bengaluru, Chandrashekhar is currently lodged in a jail in Delhi. He is accused in more than 10 criminal cases. He was reportedly running a racket that allegedly extorted ₹200 crore when he was lodged in Rohini jail.
The conman also extorted money from jailed former Ranbaxy owner Shivinder Singh’s wife Aditi on the pretext of getting her husband released