Bollywood is always in the headlines, not for pleasant reasons all the time. Several actors in recent times have been named in controversies that may or may not have held any ground but still came to the attention of their fans. From Sonakshi Sinha being accused of fraud to Shilpa Shetty being accused of cheating, it hasn’t all been rosy for tinseltown.
A lot of times, however, cases concerning celebrities are played up and sensationalised for effect. Unfortunately, that’s what sells after all, isn’t it? The details are left buried and disregarded. Here, we bring to you the straight facts from some prominent legal cases that came to light, with some of India’s favourite stars in the mix.
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Noted Bollywood Stars Who Made Headlines For Legal Issues
1. Sonakshi Sinha
Recently, reports emerged that there was allegedly a non-bailable warrant against Sonakshi Sinha related to a case from 2019. Several major news platforms picked up on the headline that Sinha was accused of not showing up for an event she had been paid Rs 30 lakhs for. The alleged case of fraud was filed in Moradabad. Reports have named a man Pramod Sharma, the organiser of the said event, as the one who filed a case against Sinha.
However, in a statement Tuesday, Sinha made her stance clear on what she called “fake news.” Describing the whole episode as a “harassment charade,” Sinha said it was the “work of a rogue individual trying to harass” her. The matter is reportedly sub-judice in Moradabad and Sinha said her team will take necessary action against the man for contempt of court.
2. Jacqueline Fernandez
Jacqueline Fernandez is one of the high-profile names connected to the case of conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar, who is accused of money laundering in a scam worth Rs 200 crores. As per his own statements, he was in a relationship with Fernandez and claimed that his status with the actor had no relation to the crimes he was accused of.
Fernandez, however, has emerged at the centre of the investigation of Chandrashekhar’s case and has been interrogated by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). She has admitted to receiving expensive luxury gifts – reportedly worth Rs 10 crores – from the conman that, officials believe, were procured by him through proceeds of crime. Follow the case here.
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3. Nora Fatehi
Nora Fatehi was another celebrity, besides Fernandez, whose name cropped up in relation to the Chandrashekhar case. She was also under the ED scanner, telling the agency the conman and his co-accused wife Leena Marie Paul gifted her a luxury car and bag. Fatehi in statements has said that she is a “victim” in the case and is not involved in laundering.
In chats accessed by India Today, Fatehi and Chandrashekhar reportedly discussed the selection of luxury cars. In one such reported conversation with her, Chandrashekhar said that the gift was not being given “with any kind of motive” but only because he liked the person.
4. Shilpa Shetty
Shilpa Shetty was consistently in headlines through 2021 after her husband and businessman Raj Kundra was arrested by Mumbai police in a case related to illegal production and distribution of pornography. Shetty was questioned in the case and police ruled out any “active role” on her part, related to events of the case. Kundra was released in September after spending two months in jail.
Even as Kundra’s case proceeded, Shetty was caught in legal trouble of her own when she, along with her mother Sunanda, were accused of fraud connected to a wellness centre in Lucknow. As per reports, the mother-daughter duo allegedly took money from some people to open a centre but failed to deliver on promises made. More here.
5. Yami Gautam
Last year in July, Yami Gautam was reportedly summoned by the ED in connection to an alleged case of money laundering. As per reports at the time, she was in the spotlight for a violation of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA), which relates to foreign exchange. There was a transaction in her bank account that authorities were not informed about.
She was summoned two years ago as well but given the COVID-19 situation, she reportedly gave the visit a miss. The second summons last year came not long after Gautam’s marriage to filmmaker Aditya Dhar. Besides Gautam, several other celebrities related to Bollywood – like designers Manish Malhotra and Ritu Kumar – came under the ED scanner last year.
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