Bollywood actor Jacqueline Fernandez knew con man Sukesh Chandrashekhar’s criminal history and ‘made up a false story’ to evade investigation into tens of millions of money laundering cases , the Bureau of Enforcement said in its fee schedule.
Jacqueline Fernandez claims she never knew Sukesh Chandrashekhar’s case was wrong, the enforcement agency said in a charge sheet interviewed by NDTV.
“Jacqueline Fernandez was well aware of Sukesh Chandraska’s criminal record and the fact that Lena Maria Paul became his wife in February 2021,” the indictment said.
“She made a conscious choice to ignore his criminal past and continued to indulge in financial dealings with him,” it said.
In February 2021, it was her hairstylist Shaan who informed her of Sukesh Chandrashekhar’s identity and criminal history.
“Nevertheless, Jacqueline Fernandez, ignoring this fact, continues her relationship with Sukesh and obtains, uses and enjoys financial benefits from Sukesh as nothing more than proceeds of crime ,” the agency said.
The Enforcement Directorate is investigating the tracing of funds in a Rs 2 billion extortion case against the crook, which named Jacqueline Fernandez as a defendant earlier this month.
According to the allegations, Jacqueline Fernandez admitted to receiving five watches, 20 pieces of jewelry, 65 pairs of shoes, 47 dresses, 32 bags, four Hermes bags, nine paintings and a set of Versace pottery as gifts from the scammers.
Sukesh Chandrashekhar gave Jacqueline Fernandez’s parents two cars in April 2021, the agency said, but she didn’t disclose it when questioned. Only after facing evidence did she admit that Sukesh had bought her a property in Welgana, Sri Lanka.
“Although Jacqueline Fernandez was fully aware of his criminal history and he was being held at Tihar Prison, Jacqueline Fernandez knew to be a party or was actually involved in the process (money laundering) through the use of valuable gifts or enjoy the proceeds of crime,” the agency said. She also allegedly asked her staff to delete data related to the scammer on their phones.
The Bureau of Enforcement alleges that Jacqueline Fernandez tried to cover up the truth by repeatedly stating that she was in fact a victim of Sukesh. “However, during the course of the investigation, she failed to provide any substantive material to support Sukesh’s victimization,” the indictment said.
The agency said she wiped her phone and removed vital evidence, which is considered evidence of tampering.
Chandrashekhar gave the actor Rs 7.12 crore – her sister in the US Rs 1.26 crore, her brother in Australia Rs 1.5 million and gifts worth Rs 5.71 crore, the bill said.
“The lure of money ensures that the criminal history of those with whom Jacqueline Fernandez associates is irrelevant,” the Bureau of Enforcement said in its fee schedule.
When Jacqueline Fernandez was questioned with the scammer, she admitted to receiving four bags from Gucci, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Dior, three pairs of Louis Vuitton and Louboutin shoes, two Gucci clothing, fragrance, four cats, a mini Cooper, two diamond earrings and a multicolor diamond bracelet.
The actor, known for films such as “Kick,” “Bhoot Police” and “Vikrant Rona,” is the only defendant named in the supplemental charge sheet. She said she was the victim of a larger criminal conspiracy and that she had been deceived.
Sukesh Chandrashekhar was arrested by Delhi police on suspicion of extorting about Rs 215 crore from Aditi Singh and Shivender Singh, former promoters of pharmaceutical giant Ranbaxy.