Mumbai: The Bollywood actress, Jacqueline Fernandez, was questioned by Enforcement Directorate as a witness in money laundering case, on Monday, revealed agency officials today.
Her interrogation was in connection with an alleged multi-crore extortion racket operated by one Sukesh Chandrashekar, a “known conman” who is also an accused in bribery matter involving the Election Commission.
“She is not an accused, but is being examined as a witness in the case against conman Sukesh Chandrasekhar,” sources in the Enforcement Directorate told media, referring to the 36-year-old movie star.
On August 24, the federal probing agency had said that it had seized a sea-facing bungalow in Chennai, ₹ 82.5 lakh in cash, and over a dozen luxurious cars in connection with the money laundering case against Chandrashekar.
The case is based on an FIR filed by the Delhi police’s economic offences wing against Sukesh Chandrashekar and others over alleged criminal conspiracy, cheating, and extortion to the tune of about ₹ 200 crore.
“Sukesh Chandrasekhar is the mastermind of this fraud. He has been a part of the crime world since the age of 17. He has multiple FIRs against him and is presently lodged at the Rohini jail,” the ED had said in the statement for following last week’s raid.
It has also been alleged that he took money from TTV Dhinakaran, leader of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhakam’s (AIADMK) ‘Amma’ faction, to bribe poll panel officials in connection with the dispute over the party’s ‘two leaves’ election symbol.
He allegedly struck a ₹ 50 crore deal to help the AIADMK (Amma) faction keep the ‘two leaves’ symbol. An amount of ₹ 1.3 crore was allegedly seized from his possession at the time of his arrest.