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Jacqueline Fernandez seeks to postpone questioning in extortion case

Jacqueline Fernandez, who had been summoned in connection with the Rs 200 crore extortion case against ‘conman’ Sukesh Chandrashekhar, has sought to postpone her questioning. Jacqueline Fernandez has requested the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Delhi Police to postpone her questioning on Monday, pointing out that she has some pre-scheduled shoots, the police said.

Bollywood Actor Jacqueline had been summoned in connection with the Rs 200 crore extortion case filed against alleged conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar and this is the second time that Jacqueline has requested the investigation team to postpone it citing prior commitments, officers said. Sukesh had allegedly extorted Rs 200 crore from the wife of former Fortis Healthcare promoter Shivinder Singh.

A senior officer said Jacqueline has sent an email and requested them to allow her to be present before the officers at another time as she has some pre-scheduled shoots. “We will issue a fresh summons to Jacqueline in the coming days, asking her to join the probe,” the officer said.

Earlier Jacqueline named Nora Fatehi in response to ED, Norah Fatehi was also conned by main accused Sukesh Chandrashekhar in the Rs 200 crore extortion case.

ED, in its supplementary charge sheet, claimed Jacqueline admitted that Sukesh gave Rs 15 lakh in cash to writer Advaita Kala for a script she had written for the actor. This contradicts Jacqueline’s earlier statement to the investigating agency that she gave only chocolates and flowers to Kala. According to the charge sheet, Kala, an award-winning screenwriter, and novelist told the ED that she was approached by Jacqueline in 2021 to write a script for a web series being produced by her.

The investigation conducted so far has revealed that the accused, Jacqueline Fernendez, is knowingly directly and indirectly involved in the process and activity connected with the proceeds of crime and acquired, possessed and used part proceeds of crime by way of receiving valuable gifts and huge amounts for herself and her family members in India and abroad and thereby committed an offence of money laundering under section 3 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 which is punishable under section 4 of the Prevention of Monev Laundering Act, 2002

Enforcement Directorate

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.

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