In a money laundering inquiry involving alleged conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar and others, actress Jacqueline Fernandez appeared before the ED here on Wednesday for a new round of interrogation. Officials stated the 36-year-old actor’s statement will be recorded under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
In this case, she has already been questioned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) at least twice, during which she was also confronted with Chandrshekhar. The FBI believes she is a “beneficiary” of Chandrashekhar’s alleged proceeds of crime after he conned and extorted money from a number of high-profile individuals.
“Jacqueline Fernandez is being called to testify as a witness by the ED. She has duly recorded her statements and in future will also be completely cooperating with the agency in the investigations. Jacqueline also categorically denies alleged slanderous statements made about relationship with the involved couple,” the actress’ spokesperson had said in a statement in October.
The ED had barred Fernandez from travelling out of Mumbai airport on December 5th. She was asked to stay in the nation by the agency because she might be called upon to participate in the investigation. The ED has questioned the Sri Lankan-origin actor in many sessions in relation to the over Rs 200 crore money laundering case being investigated against Chandrashekhar and his actress wife Leena Maria Paul.
Chandrashekhar, his wife, and six others were listed in a charge sheet submitted last week before a special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court here. Chandrashekhar said in the charge sheet that he gave Fernandez a number of expensive gifts, including Persian cats and a horse.
Another Bollywood actor-dancer Nora Fatehi has also been grilled by the ED in this case.