ED Attaches Over 7- Cr Assets of Jacqueline Fernandez                                   

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has provisionally attached assets amounting to 7.27 crore of Bollywood actor Jacqueline Fernandez laundering in connection with a money- laundering case against Suresh Chandrasekhar Claims that Chandrasekhar, an alleged conman had given expensive gift to Fernandez and her relatives from proceeds of crime. The attached assets include fixed deposits of 7.12 crore the agency said in a statement on Saturday. Fernandez and her spokesperson weren’t immediately available for comment According to the ED, its investigations revealed that Chandrasekhar had cheated several people, in clouding jailed businessman Shivinder Mohan Singh’s wife, claiming that he was a top government official and offering help for a price. He allegedly extorted more than 200 crore Singh’s wife over a period of one year on the pretext of contribution to party funds. He was running this illegal extortion business from the Central Jail in Delhi, in connivance with jail officials, ED said.

The ED has already seized properties in clouding a bungalow in Chennai, 26 cars currency and other assets valued at about 45 crores in the case under the Prevention of money Laundering Act. Nine people, including Chandrasekhar and wife Leena Maria Paul were arrested under the PMLA, it said. “during investigation, it was revealed that Chandrasekhar had given various gifts worth 5.71 crore to Fernandez from the proceeds of crime generated by criminal activities including extortion,” the ED Statement said. In addition to these gifts, Chandrasekhar had also given 172,913 and Australian 26,740 to close family members operator, it added. ED said Chandrasekhar had also delivered 15 lakhs to a script writer on behalf on Fernandez as advance for writing a script of a web series. This cash has also been mentioned as a beneficiary in the money- laundering case. The agency in its charge sheet said the accused had given her items worth 10 crores, including a Persian cat and a horse, worth 9 lakhs and 51 lakhs, respectively.                  

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