‘Misplaced greater than what will be measured’: Jacqueline Fernandez rebuts ED | Bollywood

NEW DELHI: Actor Jacqueline Fernandez has stated she was conned and manipulated by Sukesh Chandrasekhar and requested the authorities to launch her property connected by the Enforcement Directorate. The 36-year-old actor who was charged underneath the Prevention of Cash Laundering Act stated she might, at greatest, be accused of getting obtained presents from Sukesh Chandrasekhar.

In April this 12 months, ED ordered provisional attachment of her mounted deposits price 7.2 crore. Final week, ED additionally filed a cost sheet in opposition to the actor, accusing her of laundering proceeds of crime.

In her reply to a discover issued following the provisional attachment order earlier than the appellate authority of PMLA in New Delhi, Jacqueline Fernandez stated: “Simply because she is (a) recipient of sure presents which have been compelled on her for forming a join, can’t be used to disregard the actual fact which the report in any other case clearly exhibits that she was conned by Sukesh Chandrasekhar. The strategy of ED, sadly, appears to be extremely mechanical and motivated, therefore, blinded in direction of the truth that respondent (Jacqueline) has misplaced greater than what will be measured in cash”.

HT has reviewed her response filed by means of lawyer Prashant Patil on August 22.

Asserting that she was a sufferer of manipulation, for which the ED ought to take a humane strategy, Jacqueline has stated “what she has misplaced and suffered as a girl can’t be calculated in financial phrases”.

Concerning the FDs connected by ED, the actor stated these have been created by means of reinvestment of maturity proceeds of already current FDs and “was her professionally earned earnings generated by means of blood and sweat and dealing within the business for thus lengthy”.

Jacqueline additionally accused ED of malafide. “What’s shocking is that just like the respondent (Jacqueline), another celebrities, notably Norah Fatehi was additionally conned by Chandrasekhar and Fatehi and different such celebrities who obtained presents from the accused, are made witnesses whereas she is sought to be dragged as an accused. This clearly exhibits a malafide, motivated and biased strategy on the a part of investigation authority which can’t be ignored,” the actor added.

She stated she was lured into forming a join with Chandrasekhar, however by no means abetted his actions.

To lure her, Jacqueline says, Chandrasekhar used Pinki Irani alias Angel (one other accused) to attach together with her and claimed himself to be the “nephew of Jayalalitha (former chief minister of Tamil Nadu) and owns Solar TV”.

Claiming that Chandrasekhar insisted on showering her with presents regardless of her repeated refusals, the Sri Lankan citizen, who moved to India to work in Bollywood, stated “he would simply go on rampage and if not accepted by the respondent, he would simply instruct his males to depart the presents with the watchmen or outdoors the gate”, including that she by no means had a possibility to examine the supply of those presents.

Pointing to ED’s prices in opposition to Chandrasekhar, who allegedly cheated the wealthy of 200 crore by impersonating an influential individual having political connections together with within the Union residence ministry, Jacqueline stated: “the conduct of accepting presents from an individual who had impersonated himself makes her a sufferer and most a prosecution witness”.

ED hasn’t commented on her response.

Chandrasekhar, at present lodged in Tihar jail, had given a number of costly presents together with three designer luggage from Gucci and Chanel; two Gucci outfits for health club put on, a pair of Louis Vuitton footwear, two pairs of diamond earrings and a bracelet of multi-coloured stones and two Hermes bracelets apart from a Mini Cooper automobile to Fernandez, which she stated she had returned.

He was arrested by the Delhi Police in April 2017 within the Election Fee (EC) bribery case the place it was alleged that he took cash from AIADMK (Amma) chief T T V Dhinakaran to bribe EC officers in reference to a dispute over the AIADMK’s “two leaves” ballot image.

Whereas at Tihar jail, he spoofed calls to dupe individuals by impersonating varied senior authorities officers from completely different key departments of the Authorities of India.

Adopting the spoof-calls modus operandi, he contacted Aditi Singh, spouse of former Ranbaxy promoter Shivinder Mohan Singh, in 2020 posing as union residence secretary, union regulation secretary, an officer from Prime Minister’s Workplace (PMO), and extorted greater than 200 crore from her over a interval of 1 12 months on the pretext of contribution to social gathering funds.

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