Bollywood actors Jacqueline Fernandez and Nora Fatehi were summoned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for questioning in connection with a money laundering case, reported the ANI news agency, citing officials familiar with the matter. While Fatehi, an actor and dancer, has been asked to be present before the investigative agency on Thursday itself, Fernandez has been asked to be present for questioning on Friday, the agency added.
In photos shared by the news agency, Nora Fatehi could be seen reaching the ED office to cooperate with the investigation launched by the law enforcement agency. In another update, ANI informed, citing sources, that Jacqueline Fernandez is expected to present herself before the interrogators tomorrow in connection with the investigation.
Chandrasekar and Paul were arrested by Delhi Police for allegedly duping the family of Fortis Healthcare promoter Shivinder Singh of around ₹ 200 crore.
The summons comes after the agency took cognisance of an FIR accusing Sukesh Chandrasekar and Leena Paul of criminal conspiracy, cheating, and extortion.
Agency sources say Ms Fatehi has been called to ascertain connections to the accused.
The case was filed based on a complaint by Shivinder Singh’s wife, Aditi Singh, who said a man posing as a senior Law Ministry official offered to help get bail for Mr Singh (then in jail) in return for money.
Ms Singh said she had paid out ₹ 200 crore over 30 instalments and was told the money was meant for BJP party funds, and that Home Minister Amit Shah was on her side.
At the time of the incident, Chandrasekhar, accused in 21 cases, was lodged in Delhi’s Rohini jail and was running an extortion racket from behind the bars.
Yesterday his remand was extended by 11 days, and that of Leena Paul by 16 days.
The agency told the court Chandrasekar knowingly financial structures for layering and transferring proceeds of the couple’s crimes and had thus actively participated in the process of money laundering.
In August the central agency said it had seized a sea-facing bungalow in Chennai, ₹ 82.5 lakh in cash, and over a dozen luxury cars in connection with the case against him.
In addition, goods worth ₹ 20 crore – ranging from shoes, bags, and clothes by international brands like Chanel and Louis Vuitton – have also been seized.
This is not the first time that Bollywood actor Jacqueline Fernandez was summoned by ED in connection with the money laundering case. Earlier in August, she was already questioned once by the economic intelligence agency in connection with the probe against alleged conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar, who is suspected to be a part of a multi-crore extortion racket.
Sources said Chandrasekar had been in touch with the actor, who is from Sri Lanka, through calls and messages, and the agency wanted to question her on this subject.