Actors Nora Fatehi and Jacqueline Fernandez have been summoned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with a money laundering case filed against alleged conman Sukesh Chandrashekar. While Nora appeared before the agency today in New Delhi, Fernandez is expected to join the probe tomorrow.
Sources said Nora’s statement is being recorded under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in connection with a money laundering case filed against Chandrashekar and his actor wife Leena Maria Paul, news agency PTI reported.
Earlier in August, Fernandez was questioned by the ED in connection with the case.
The ED had claimed in a statement that Chandrashekhar is a “known conman” and is being probed by the Delhi Police in a case of alleged criminal conspiracy, cheating and extortion to the tune of about Rs 200 crore.
“Chandrasekhar is the mastermind of this fraud. He has been part of the crime world since the age of 17. He has multiple FIRs against him and is presently lodged in Rohini jail (in connection with the Delhi Police case),” the ED had said. Despite being in the jail, it said, Chandrashekhar “did not stop conning” people, the ED said.
“He (with a cellphone procured illegally in prison) with the help of technology, made spoofed calls to dupe people as the numbers displayed on the called party’s phone number belonged to senior government officers. “While speaking (from prison) to these persons, he claimed to be a government officer offering to help people for a price,” the ED had claimed.
In August, the ED had raided some of Chandrashekhar’s premises and seized a sea-facing bungalow in Chennai, Rs 82.5 lakh cash and over a dozen luxurious cars.
With PTI inputs