ED attaches assets worth Rs 7 crore of Jacqueline Fernandez in extortion case


Guwahti: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has attached assets worth Rs 7.27 crore of Jacqueline Fernandez in the extortion case against conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar. Sources exclusively told India Today that the attached assets include fixed deposit worth Rs 7.12 crore under Jacqueline Fernandez’s name.

Sources said Jacqueline Fernandez is the beneficiary of the proceeds of the extorted money and the attachment has been made under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

India Today learnt that the officials have so far come across evidence of Sukesh Chandrasekhar giving gifts worth Rs 5.71 crore to Jacqueline Fernandez using the extorted money. Apart from the gifts, he had also given funds close to 173,000 US Dollars and around 27,000 Australian Dollars to close family members of Jacqueline.

Jacqueline Fernandez was questioned multiple times by the ED for her alleged links with Sukesh Chandrashekhar. Jacqueline is not an accused in the case as of now, but the investigators have not yet given her a clean chit. The Sri Lanka-born actor has been banned from leaving the country.

Sukesh Chandrasekhar is accused of extorting Rs 215 crore from the wife of a Delhi businessman through spoof calls. While Sukesh was lodged in a Delhi jail, he extorted money from the victim by pretending to be an officer from the Prime Minister’s office, the Law Ministry and the Home Ministry. Sukesh claimed in the phone calls that he would secure bail for the victim’s husband and get their pharmaceutical business running.

Sukesh is also involved in a five-year-old cheating case involving politician TTV Dhinakaran. He was placed under arrest by the ED on April 4 in relation to the case.