Jacqueline Fernandez: Delhi court defers hearing on December 12


A Delhi court on Thursday deferred a hearing of Jacqueline Fernandez in a money laundering case till December 12. The hearing in a money laundering case involves Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez and multi-millionaire conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar.

 Fernandez appeared in the Patiala House Court in connection with the case on Thursday morning.

The 37-year-old actress Jacqueline Fernandez is being investigated by the Enforcement Directorate (ED), the Indian government agency that investigates financial crimes. The case centres around her relationship with Sukesh Chandrasekhar – a 32-year-old man accused of extortion by several people and described by the authorities and Indian press as a “conman”. According to court documents, Chandrashekhar, who’s been in prison since 2018 in connection with other cases, was named in a fresh complaint in August last year where he was accused of extorting a business family of 2bn rupees ($24.6m; £20.9m) in 2020. His lawyer Ashok K Singh has denied all the charges against his client and said that “he has been framed”.

Prior to When the actress was arrested ED was questioning Jacqueline as she is the only actress to stay in touch with Sukesh till he was arrested by the Delhi Police. The ED claimed that she continued receiving gifts worth crores from him despite knowing about his criminal background. According to the ED charge sheet, Chandrashekhar spent Rs 7 crore between February 2021 to August 2021 on gifts for Fernandez and her family.

Chandrashekhar was first caught between June 2020 and May 2021 when he conned a jailed industrialist’s wife off Rs 200 crore from Rohini jail in Delhi. He had pretended to be the Union Law Secretary and took advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to inform her that her husband was considered for a place in a COVID-19 committee and consequently for bail if she contributes to party funds.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) recently filed its second supplementary charge sheet naming her as an accused. But on Thursday the Court deferred a hearing of Jacqueline Fernandez in a money laundering case till December 12. A Delhi court on Tuesday granted bail to actor Jacqueline Fernandez in a Rs 200 cr money laundering case linked to alleged conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar. Special Judge Shailendra Malik has already granted bail to Fernandez on furnishing a personal bond of Rs 50,000 and one surety of like amount.

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