The ED had last week seized properties of Sukesh Chandrashekhar, an alleged conman arrested in the 2017 EC bribery case, now accused of a Rs 200 crore scam.

File image of Bollywood actor Jacqueline Fernandez during a Diwali party hosted by actor Amitabh Bachchan and his family, in 2019pti
news Crime Tuesday, August 31, 2021 - 11:50

Actor Jacqueline Fernandez was possibly one of the many people conned by Sukesh Chandrashekhar, an alleged conman arrested in the 2017 EC bribery case, now accused in an alleged multi-crore extortion racket. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) recorded the statement by Jaqueline on Monday, August 30, in connection with a money-laundering investigation linked to the alleged conman. An NDTV report states that Jacqueline was one of the many victims in the Rs 200 crore scam that Sukesh allegedly carried out from jail.

The 36-year-old actor was examined for four hours as a witness in the case and her statement was recorded under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).  The questioning of the actor was done in connection with the money laundering probe being conducted against Chandrasekhar. The ED last week had raided some of his premises and seized a sea-facing bungalow in Chennai, Rs 82.5 lakh cash and over a dozen luxurious cars.

It had claimed in a statement that Chandrasekhar 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 jail, the ED said, Chandrasekhar "did not stop conning" people.

"He (with a cellphone procured illegally in the 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 the prison) to these persons, he claimed to be a government officer offering to help people for a price," the ED had claimed.

Chandrasekhar was arrested in 2017 for allegedly taking money from TTV Dhinakaran to bribe Election Commission officials to get the AIADMK two leaves' symbol for the Sasikala faction in a by-election to the R K Nagar Assembly seat in Tamil Nadu.

He was arrested early this month from a jail in Delhi for allegedly running an extortion racket from behind bars.

Also read: 16 luxury cars, beach bungalow and a Rs 200 cr scam: All about India's relentless conman

With PTI inputs

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