Conman Sukesh Chandrasekhar’s lawyer, Anant Malik, had claimed that Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez and Sukesh were dating each other.
Malik told the media on Saturday, “Jacqueline and Sukesh were dating, these are my instructions, this is straight from the horse’s mouth.” Asked about actor and dancer Nora Fatehi, Anant Malik said, “Nora Fatehi claims to be a victim but she was gifted a BMW car.”
However, Jacqueline’s spokesperson has denied the allegations.
The actor’s representative said in a statement,” Jacqueline Fernandez is being called to testify as a witness by the ED. She has duly recorded her statements and in future will also be completely cooperating with the agency in the investigations.”
“Jacqueline also categorically denies alleged slanderous statements made about the relationship with the involved couple,” the statement further read.
Jacqueline appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) last week for questioning in connection with an over Rs 200 crore money laundering case being probed against alleged Sukesh Chandrashekar.
The actor appeared before the federal agency after skipping its summons at least thrice earlier.
It is understood that the agency wants to confront her with the main accused in the case Chandrashekhar and his actor wife Leena Maria Paul and also record her statement again.
The agency, they said, wants to understand some trail of funds and transactions that are allegedly linked to Fernandez in this case.
Bollywood actress and dancer Nora Fatehi, 29, also recorded her statement with the ED last week in this case.
Fatehi’s representative had said that she has been the victim in the case and being a witness, she is cooperating and helping the officers in the investigation.
Chandrashekhar and Paul were recently arrested by the ED while they were already lodged in a local jail after they were taken into custody by the Delhi Police on charges of cheating some people, including some high-profile individuals like former Fortis Healthcare promoter Shivinder Mohan Singh’s wife Aditi Singh.
In August, the ED had raided some of Chandrashekhar’s premises and seized a sea-facing bungalow in Chennai, Rs 82.5 lakh cash and over a dozen luxury cars.
It had claimed in a statement that Chandrashekhar is a “known conman” and is being probed by the Delhi Police in a case of alleged criminal conspiracy, cheating and extortion to the tune of about Rs 200 crore.
“Chandrasekhar is the mastermind of this fraud. He has been part of the crime world since the age of 17. He has multiple FIRs against him and is presently lodged in Rohini jail (in connection with the Delhi Police case),” the ED had said.
Despite being in the jail, it said, Chandrashekhar “did not stop conning” people, the ED said.
“He (with a cellphone procured illegally in prison) with the help of technology, made spoof calls to dupe people as the numbers displayed on the called party’s phone number belonged to senior government officers.
“While speaking (from prison) to these people, he claimed to be a government officer offering to help people for a price,” the ED had claimed.
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Published on: Sunday, October 24, 2021, 10:10 AM IST