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Nora Fatehi to be ED witness against Sukesh Chandrasekhar in Rs 200-crore extortion case

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Mumbai: Actress Nora Fatehi, who was grilled by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the Rs 200 crore money extortion case, will now be the prosecution witness in the case against conman Sukesh Chandrasekhar, sources said on Wednesday.

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Two Bollywood celebs, Nora Fatehi and Jacqueline Fernandez are under the scanner of the ED in connection with the Rs 200-crore extortion case in which conman Sukesh Chandrasekhar has been named the prime accused. Both the actress have appeared before the central probing agency for questioning several times.

As per ED chargesheet, Nora has received a BMW by conman Sukesh Chandrasekhar. Later, the actress herself accepted that Chandrashekhar had given her the car and that his wife, Leena Maria Paul, had also gifted her a Gucci bag and an iPhone as a “token of love”. Nora had further told the ED that she was invited by Leena for an event in Chennai, in December 2020.

On October 14, 2021, Nora was confronted with Sukesh when the gift part was discussed. On the same day the actress had issued a statement, claiming she was not part of any money laundering activity.

Nora Fatehi has been the victim around the case and being a witness, she is co-operating and helping the officers in the investigation. We would like to make it very clear that she has not been a part of any money laundering activity, she does not know or have any personal connection with the accused and has been called by the ED to strictly help with the investigation,” said a statement issued on behalf of Nora Fatehi.

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For the unversed, Sukesh Chandrashekhar is a millionaire conman who has extorted hundreds of crores of rupees from business people, politicians, and celebrities, including actors Jacqueline Fernandez and Nora Fatehi.

From June 2020 to May 2021, the conman, using some mobile applications and voice modulation softwares, allegedly made several calls to Aditi Singh, wife of former Ranbaxy owner Shivendra Singh who is in jail at that time. 

Sukesh, posing as a government officer -sometimes as Law Secretary, Home Secretary, representative of Home Minister Amit Shah, and representative of Prime Minister’s Office – extorted Rs 215 crore from Aditi on the pretext of helping her husband get out of jail.

As of now, Sukesh Chandrashekhar is in Delhi’s Tihar jail under several criminal cases. He has 15 FIRs lodged against him.

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