The Enforcement Directorate disputed Jacqueline Fernandez’s assertion that she was unaware of Sukesh’s criminal history.
In its chargesheet, the Enforcement Directorate said that Jacqueline Fernandez knew about the criminal past of conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar and “made up a bogus tale” to escape the scrutiny of investigators looking into a multi-million dollar money laundering case. According to the chargesheet that NDTV has access to, Fernandez’s allegation that she was unaware of Sukesh Chandrashekhar’s legal issues is untrue. The chargesheet claims that in February 2021, “Jacqueline Fernandez was completely aware of the criminal past of Sukesh Chandrashekhar and also the knowledge that Leena Maria Paul is his wife.”
“She consciously chose to overlook his criminal past and continued to indulge in financial transactions with him,” it says. It was her hair stylist Shaan who informed her about the identity and criminal history of Sukesh Chandrashekhar in February 2021. “Despite this, Jacqueline Fernandez ignored the fact and continued the relationship with Sukesh and also received, used and enjoyed the financial benefits from Sukesh, which are nothing but proceeds of crime,” the agency says.
Jacqueline was identified as an accused earlier this month by the ED, which is looking into the money trail in a 200 crore rupee extortion case against the conman. According to the chargesheet, the actress acknowledged accepting presents from the conman that included five watches, 65 pairs of shoes, 20 pieces of jewellery, 32 purses, 47 gowns, 4 Hermes bags, nine paintings, and a Versace dinnerware set. The agency also said that Sukesh Chandrashekhar gave Jacqueline’s parents two automobiles in April 2021, a gift that she failed to mention when questioned. She refused to acknowledge that Sukesh had given her a property in Welgana, Sri Lanka, until he had shown her with proof.
“Despite being fully aware of his criminal history and that he is lodged in Tihar Jail, Jacqueline Fernendez was knowingly a party or actually involved in the process (money laundering) by using or enjoying the proceeds of crime by the way of valuable gifts,” the agency says.
According to the Enforcement Directorate, Jacqueline often claimed that she had been a victim of Sukesh in an effort to hide her true identity. “However, during investigation she has failed to provide any substantial material to establish the victimisation by Sukesh,” the chargesheet says.