Jacqueline Fernandez has lodged a complaint against Sukesh Chandrashekhar, accusing him of harassment and threats, even while he is in jail. According to the Indian Express, she filed the case with Delhi Police Commissioner Sanjay Arora and also sent a letter to the Special Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch). A specialised unit has been directed to launch a preliminary investigation into the complaint.
In a recent letter addressed to the police chief, Jacqueline expressed concerns about a "systemic failure in prosecution witness protection." She described herself as a responsible citizen inadvertently caught up in a case with significant implications for the rule of law and the judicial system's integrity. She detailed her ordeal of facing psychological pressure and targeted intimidation campaigns from an individual claiming to be Sukesh, who is currently incarcerated in Mandoli Jail. Urging immediate intervention, she emphasised the need for protection as a prosecution witness in a case under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) by registering an FIR against Sukesh under relevant IPC sections.
The actor earlier filed a petition with the Delhi High Court, aiming to dismiss a money laundering case in which she's implicated. The case involved an alleged Rs 200 crore extortion scheme with con artist Sukesh Chandrashekhar, and Fernandez is challenging the Enforcement Directorate's complaint and additional charge sheet naming her as an accused.
In the petition, Fernandez highlighted her role as a "prosecution witness" in the case filed by the Delhi Police, contending that this designation favours her case, potentially leading to a favourable outcome.
Jacqueline Fernandez Goes To Delhi HC
The argument put forth states that Jacqueline Fernandez had no awareness of the primary crime committed by the main accused, Sukesh Chandrashekhar, and his associates. The plea emphasises that Fernandez did not engage in any money laundering offence as per the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2020, nor was she in possession of any proceeds resulting from criminal activities.
The interim protection given to actor Jacqueline Fernandez by the Patiala House Court in Delhi on Saturday was extended until November 10 in connection with the Enforcement Directorate (ED) case concerning the 200 crore money laundering case involving conman Sukesh Chandrashekar and others.
The plea highlights that the Enforcement Directorate's case outlines how Sukesh Chandrashekhar utilised deceitful tactics, posing as a high-ranking government official in a spoofed call to reach Jacqueline's makeup artist. Fernandez's plea also alleges that another accused, Pinky Irani, encouraged her connection with Chandrashekhar to spark a relationship.
During the investigation, it came to light that Pinky Irani allegedly received an offer of Rs 2 crore to introduce Jacqueline to Chandrashekhar. The plea indicates WhatsApp conversations where Irani allegedly misrepresented Chandrashekhar's identity and portrayed him as a free individual, sharing images of him aboard private jets, creating an impression of liberty.
Fernandez further asserts that the case against her by the Enforcement Directorate is based on “surmises and assumptions”, emphasising the lack of concrete evidence implicating her in any wrongdoing.
Enforcement Directorate Case
On August 17, Fernandez was named as an accused in a supplemental charge sheet submitted to a Delhi court by the investigating agency in the case against Chandrashekar. According to ED's earlier charge sheet, Fernandez and another star, Nora Fatehi, underwent an investigation and testified that the accused gave them top-model BMW cars as the most expensive gifts. According to the ED charge sheet, Jacqueline Fernandez's statements throughout the inquiry were recorded on August 30 and October 10, 2021.
The actor claimed to have received presents, including two Gucci gym suits and three costly bags from Chanel and Gucci, a pair of Louis Vuitton shoes, two sets of diamond stud earrings, two Hermes bracelets, and a bracelet made of a rainbow of coloured stones. Additionally, she was given a Mini Cooper, which she returned.
Fernandez, meanwhile, denied having a "unity of design with Sukesh" and claimed that she was herself a victim of the circumstances and criminal acts committed by the conman and his associates. Despite never denying receiving presents, the plea said that she was unaware that they were the proceeds of crime at any given time "on account of the deceitful and duplicitous conduct of Chandrashekar, due to which she has suffered, and continues to suffer tremendous hardship."