Jacqueline Fernandez withdraws plea seeking to travel abroad

The Bollywood diva wanted to visit Bahrain to meet her ailing mother

NEW DELHI | Updated: 22 December, 2022 10:15 pm IST
Jacqueline Fernandez (Photo Courtesy Twitter @Asli_Jacqueline)

Bollywood diva Jacqueline Fernandez, who is accused in a money laundering case involving conman Sukesh Chandrasekhar in ₹200 crore extortion case, withdrew her plea for permission to travel abroad from a Delhi court on Thursday.

Fernandez told the court about her decision after the judge said the question of charge should first be decided.

The actress pleaded with the court to grant her permission to visit her parents. However, the court said, “I’m leaving it to you. If you want to withdraw the application or you want a judicial order.

The Bollywood actor then had a discussion with her lawyers. After the discussion, she informed the court that she was withdrawing her application “at this stage”.

Prior to withdrawing the application, Fernandez, who is a Sri Lankan national, told the court that during the probe she was “earlier granted permission to travel abroad”. She also said the ED had opposed her petition, but the Delhi High Court allowed it.

Her counsel even informed the court that she will not miss her court dates on January 6 and will be back by January 5.

On Monday, the actress’ counsel told the court that she was keen on visiting her ailing mother in Bahrain. However, the court suggested that she rather not, as the case was at a ‘crucial stage’.

The ED is investigating the money trail in a ₹200 crore extortion case against the conman. On September 1, a Special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court in Delhi took cognizance of the ED charge sheet filed against Fernandez earlier this month.

The Bollywood actress is the only person named in the ED supplementary charge sheet filed in August this year.

The Delhi Police arrested Chandrasekhar for allegedly extorting approximately ₹215 crores from Aditi Singh and Shivender Singh, former promoters of pharmaceutical giant Ranbaxy.

In April of this year, the ED attached Fernandez’s properties worth ₹7.27 crore in connection with a money-laundering investigation involving conman Chandrasekhar.

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