A Delhi court on Tuesday granted anticipatory bail to actress Jacqueline Fernandez in a Rs 200-crore money laundering case involving millionaire Sukesh Chandrasekhar, which is being probed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). Additional Sessions Judge Shailendra Malik pronounced the verdict which was reserved last week. A detailed copy of the order will be made available later in the day.
The ED had recently filed its second supplementary charge sheet, in which Jacqueline was named as an accused. On September 26, the court had given interim relief to Jacqueline from arrest. Jacqueline and another Bollywood actress Nora Fatehi have recorded their statements as witnesses in the case.
Earlier, the ED had attached Jacqueline’s fixed deposits of Rs 7.2 crore. The probe agency termed these gifts and properties received by Jacqueline and Nora as “proceeds” of the crime. In February, the ED filed its first charge sheet against Pinky Irani, who introduced him to Bollywood actresses.
It was alleged in the charge sheet that Pinky used to choose expensive gifts for Jacqueline and Chandrashekhar used to pay for the gifts and then drop her at her house. Last December, the probe agency filed the first charge sheet in the case before the court of Additional Sessions Judge Praveen Singh.
According to official sources, Chandrasekhar has spent around Rs 20 crore on different models and Bollywood celebs. Some refused to accept gifts from him.