Jacqueline Fernandez, who was recently named as an accused in the ₹200-crore extortion case connected to conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar, has responded to the Enforcement Directorate after they attached several of her fixed deposits in the case. The actor insisted that she had made the investments from her income before she came in touch with Sukesh
Jacqueline got implicated in the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) case after Enforcement Directorate investigations revealed links between her and Sukesh. The investigation said that the conman, who has been accused of extorting money by cheating high-profile people including former Fortis Healthcare promoter Shivinder Mohan Singh`s wife Aditi Singh, had given expensive gifts to Jacqueline from the proceeds of his criminal activities. In the latest development in the case, ED had attached Jacqueline’s fixed deposits.
As per ANI, she protested in a reply to adjudicating authorities of PMLA, and insisted that the deposits were not created by using the alleged proceeds of crime. The agency said, “The actor claimed that the income was from the actor’s own legitimate source of income, long before he knew that the main defendant, Chandrashekar, existed in this world. At best it is accused of being a “gift recipient”. According to an ED invoice filed last year, Jacqueline Fernandez claimed that Sukesh had given her three designer Gucci bags, Chanel, two pairs of Gucci sportswear, a pair of Louis Vuitton shoes, two pairs of diamond earrings, I made sure I gave her a multi-colored stone bracelet and two Hermès bracelets.
She was also given a Mini Cooper, which she returned. Photos of Jacqueline and Sukesh also surfaced on social media after the link surfaced, suggesting the two were dating. The actor initially denied it, but later reportedly confirmed it to his agency. It is Jacqueline’s attorney claims that she herself is the victim rather than the defendant in this case.