Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez on Monday was again summoned by the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Delhi Police in the Rs 200 extortion racket involving jailed conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar.
Jacqueline reached the EOW office, located on the Mandir Marg area, at 3 pm. She came in a white colour taxi wearing a light brown blazer and dark blue jeans. This was her second round of questioning by the EOW.
Last week, Jacqueline was questioned for at least eight hours by EOW. During her questioning, she was confronted along with her manager Prashant Patil, who had got a Ducati bike from Chandrashekhar. The EOW had also seized the bike.
She was confronted along with Pinky Irani, who according to police sources, introduced Chandrashekhar to Jacqueline, in her first round of questioning by EOW.
In the second round of questioning, she was asked about her bank details and transactions which happened between 2020 and 2021. She was also questioned about her visit to Chennai, which is the native place of Chandrashekhar.
Police sources said fashion designer Leepakshi was also called for questioning but she failed to appear before the agency due to health reasons. Sources said the agency wanted to confront her along with Jacqueline as she had reportedly got the money from Chandrashekhar to design the dresses and costumes of the actress.
The same money laundering case is also being investigated by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). In its supplementary charge sheet filed recently, the agency said that Jacqueline was aware of Chandrasekhar’s criminal past but continued financial transactions with him. She is a co-accused in the charge sheet filed before a special Prevention for Money Laundering Act 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.
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.