- Jacqueline Fernandez gets interim bail
- Delhi’s Patiala House Court delivered the verdict
Delhi’s Patiala House Court: Delhi’s Patiala House Court on Monday granted anticipatory bail to actress Jacqueline Fernandez in the Rs 200 crore money laundering case involving thug Sukesh Chandrashekhar. The court has also sought a response from the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on the actress’ general bail plea. Fernandez claimed to be a “victim of his own circumstances”. Special judge Shailendra Malik, while granting relief to Fernandez on a personal bond of Rs 50,000, fixed October 22 for the next hearing of the case.
In her regular bail plea, Fernandez, a Sri Lankan national, said she has been paying taxes in India since 2009 and that her “professional credentials and future work are inherently related to this country”. She has appeared before the NIA every time she has called him and her statement has been recorded five times under relevant sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). It has been said in the petition that as per the conditions given to him by the court, he has gone abroad and has complied with all the conditions. It said she had met Sukesh Chandrashekhar for the first time in January 2021 and was “a victim of circumstances”.
Jacqueline said – I didn’t know this gift is given with money from crime.
According to the petition, “the facts on record will establish that Sukesh Chandrashekhar charged the petitioner and he did not play any role in helping the said accused to launder the money allegedly earned by him.” Rather, she is another victim of criminal acts committed by prime accused Sukesh Chandrashekhar and his accomplices, who repeatedly lied about their true identity and provided them (and their families) with expensive gifts or the source of the same, the plea said. without being told.” It added that the actress, however, did not ask for any gift, nor was she aware that it was bought with proceeds of crime. .
Actress accepts gift from Sukesh -ED
Earlier, on August 31, Justice Praveen Singh had asked Fernandez to appear before the court, taking cognizance of a supplementary charge sheet filed by the ED. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had summoned Fernandez several times for questioning in connection with the investigation into the case. He has been named as an accused for the first time in the supplementary indictment. He was not named as an accused in the ED’s first chargesheet and a supplementary chargesheet. However, the details of the statements made by Fernandez and actress Nora Fatehi were mentioned in the documents. According to the ED, Fernandez and Fatehi had received luxury cars and other expensive gifts from Chandrasekhar, in connection with which they were questioned.
The ED said Fernandez’s statements were recorded on August 30 and October 20, 2021, where he admitted to receiving gifts from Chandrashekhar. According to the agency, Fatehi’s statements were recorded on September 13 and October 14, 2021, and he also confessed to receiving gifts from the alleged fraudster and his wife actress Leena Pauloz.
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