- Jacqueline Fernandez gets interim bail
- Delhi’s Patiala House Court gave the verdict
Delhi’s Patiala House Court: Delhi’s Patiala House Court on Monday granted interim bail to actress Jacqueline Fernandez in the Rs 200 crore money laundering case related to thug Sukesh Chandrashekhar. The court has also sought a response from the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on the actress’s regular 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 matter.
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 whenever 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 of permission granted to him by the court, he has traveled abroad and has complied with all the conditions. It said that she had met Sukesh Chandrashekhar for the first time in January 2021 and was “a victim of circumstances”.
Jacqueline said- I did not know that this gift is being given with the money of crime.
According to the petition, “Facts on record will establish that Sukesh Chandrashekhar targeted 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 accomplice, 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. Unnecessarily affecting her personal and professional life by claiming to have done so without being told.” It added that, however, the actress did not ask for any gift nor was she aware that it was purchased with money earned from the crime. .
Actress accepts gift from Sukesh -ED
Earlier, on August 31, Judge 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 called Fernandez for questioning several times in connection with the investigation of the case. He has been named as an accused for the first time in the supplementary charge sheet. He was not mentioned as an accused in the ED’s first charge sheet and a supplementary charge sheet. However, the details of the statements of 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 interrogated.
The ED said that Fernandez’s statements were recorded on August 30 and October 20, 2021, in which 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 too confessed to receiving gifts from the alleged swindler and his wife actress Leena Paulo.
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