The ED argued in the court that when all the accused involved in money laundering are in jail, then why should Jacqueline be given bail. The ED opposed the bail plea of the actress saying that she tried to flee the country.
New Delhi: In the money laundering case, Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandes has got a big relief from the Patiala House Court. He was granted bail by the court on Tuesday (November 15) on a personal bond of Rs 2 lakh. Along with this, the court has put a condition that the actress cannot leave the country without the permission of the court. Jacqueline Fernandez was in trouble after her name cropped up during the investigation of the 200 crore money laundering case involving gangster Sukesh Chandrasekhar.
The actress had received many expensive gifts from him. The Enforcement Directorate had named Jacqueline as an accused in its charge sheet, stating that she was the beneficiary of the swindled money. Jacqueline had filed a bail plea in the case, which was opposed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED), which had reportedly alleged that Jacqueline may have fled the country to evade investigation.
Opposing Jacqueline’s bail, the ED had said that Jacqueline spent Rs 7.14 crore for fun. They have made every effort to escape because they have enough money. During the hearing, the court questioned the central agency which decided not to arrest Jacqueline Fernandes during the investigation of the case.
The special judge had said, “Why have you (ED) not arrested Jacqueline yet during investigation despite issuing LOC? Other accused are in jail. Why are you keeping different parameters? You have pick and key choices.” There can’t be a policy. There should be reasons for not arresting an accused.”
Responding to the court’s motion, advocate Shailesh N Pathak, appearing for the agency, had submitted that a Lookout Circular (LoC) was already open against the actress and hence the investigating officer did not exercise his power of arrest. The court had on Thursday reserved its order after hearing the arguments of lawyers appearing for the actress and the Enforcement Directorate (ED).