Jacqueline Fernandez tried to flee India when she was being investigated in the Rs 200 crore extortion case involving fraudster Sukesh Chandrashekhar, the Enforcement Directorate told a Delhi court. The agency countered her bail plea that “Fernandez never cooperated with the investigator, he only disclosed this when confronted with the evidence.” On Saturday, the actress appeared before Delhi’s Patiala House court in the above case. Her application for anticipatory bail was extended until further hearing. Jacqueline’s application for regular bail will be heard by the court on November 10 at 10 am.
ED opposes Jacqueline’s bail application
In its reply to the court, the ED opposed Jacqueline’s regular bail application and alleged that she tampered with evidence during the investigation by deleting data from her mobile phone.
“ED opposed actor Jacqueline Fernandez’s bail plea. The agency said Fernandez never cooperated with the investigation, only disclosed when confronted with evidence. ED also says she made a failed bid to flee India but could not do so due to issuance of LOC. The agency further said that the actress was not cooperating with the investigators. Her behavior was not good during the investigation. She may damage the evidence and witnesses. Whenever she was forced to sit face to face with the other accused in the case and presented with the evidence, she confessed to her crime.”
Jacqueline named in Sukesh Chandrashekhar case
Last month, a Delhi court granted interim bail to actor Jacqueline Fernandez. Fernandez, a Sri Lankan citizen, said in her regular bail application that she has been a tax payer in India since 2009 and that her “professional reputation and future work commitments” are “intrinsically linked” to the country.
On 17 August 2022, the supplementary chargesheet filed by the Enforcement Directorate in the Rs 200 crore extortion case against fraudster Sukesh Chandrashekar in a Delhi court named Jacqueline Fernandez as an accused. According to the earlier ED Chargesheet, Jacqueline and Nora Fatehi investigated and stated that they were given top model BMW cars.
The ED chargesheet stated that “during the investigation, statements of Jacqueline Fernandez were recorded on August 30, 2021 and October 10, 2021, which stated that the actress received gifts such as three designer bags from Gucci, Chanel and two Gucci outfits for gym wear.” A pair of Louis Vuitton shoes, two pairs of diamond earrings and a bracelet made of multi-colored stones, two Hermes bracelets. Jacqueline also got a Mini Cooper, which she returned.’
(With contributions from Atul Bhatia)