Jacqueline Fernandez appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) today for a fresh round of questioning in a money laundering case involving alleged conman Sukesh Chandrasekhar, his wife and others. As per reports, the agency will record the actress’ statement under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). This is the third time Jacqueline has been grilled by the ED in this case during which she was also confronted with Chandrasekhar.
Jacqueline’s spokesperson had told the media in October, “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 agency suspects her to be a ‘beneficiary’ of the proceeds of crime allegedly procured by the conmen by extorting money for high-profile people.
The ED had stopped the actress from travelling abroad on December 5 and had asked her to remain in the country and join the probe. The Sri Lankan-origin actor has been interrogated in multiple sessions in connection with over Rs 200 crore money laundering case against Chandrashekhar and his actor wife Leena Maria Paul. The agency has also filed a charge sheet before a special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court and named Chandrashekhar, his wife and six others last week. The agency in its charge sheet alleged that Chandrasekhar has claimed that he gifted Jacqueline numerous costly gifts including some Persian cats and a horse.