"Why don't you ask her about it?"
Alleged conman Sukesh Chandrasekhar has claimed that he gifted a luxury car to Nora Fatehi.
Chandrasekhar, who has 21 cases against him, including the Election Commission bribery case, told reporters outside a Delhi court on October 23, 2021.
He and his wife Leena Maria Paul were produced before the court. They were sent to judicial custody over a money laundering case involving the alleged extortion of £19 million from a businessman’s wife.
The couple allegedly conned Aditi Singh, the wife of former Fortis Healthcare promoter Shivinder Mohan Singh.
The case has seen Nora Fatehi summoned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to record a statement.
But the case has seen a twist after Chandrasekhar was asked whether he had gifted a car to the Bollywood star.
He replied: “Yes.”
When he was asked what type of car he had given to Nora, Chandrasekhar said:
“Why don’t you ask her about it?”
The ED claimed that they learnt about the gift when they recorded Nora’s statement on October 14, 2021.
In court, Special Judge Parveen Singh sent Chandrasekhar and his wife to judicial custody until November 1, 2021.
It came after the ED stated it was still investigating in order to trace the proceeds of crime and to determine if there was anyone else involved in the money laundering case.
The accused were arrested on October 9, 2021.
Judge Singh said: “Considering the submissions made in the application, accused Sukesh Chandrasekhar and Leena Maria Paul are remanded in judicial custody till November 1, when the other accused are to be produced.”
The case was filed after Aditi Singh filed a complaint in June 2020. She said that a man posing as a senior law official said he could help secure bail for her husband, who was imprisoned at the time, in exchange for a payment.
Shivinder Singh was arrested in 2019 for alleged misappropriation of funds in Religare Finvest Limited.
According to the police, Chandrasekhar had made the phone call to Aditi Singh.
At the time of the incident, Chandrasekhar was lodged in Delhi’s Rohini jail and was running an extortion racket from behind bars.
Two of his associates who were running operations from outside prison were later arrested.
In addition, two senior officials at Rohini jail were also arrested for helping Chandrasekhar.
During the investigation, the police had found that a manager of a bank at Connaught Place and two of his associates were involved in suspicious transactions for the circulation of funds and arrangement of cash.
All three were arrested.
The ED said:
“Chandrasekhar was the mastermind of this fraud. He has been a part of the crime world since the age of 17.”
“He has multiple FIRs against him and is presently lodged in the Rohini jail (in connection with the case lodged by the Delhi Police).”
The ED had previously recorded a statement from Jacqueline Fernandez.
In court, Chandrasekhar’s lawyer Anant Malik claimed that his client was dating Jacqueline. He had said:
“Nora Fatehi claims to be a victim but she was gifted a BMW car.
“Apart from that Jacqueline and Sukesh were dating, these are my instructions… this is straight from the horse’s mouth.
“They are the ultimate beneficiaries, that is why they are being called for questioning.”
However, a spokesperson for the actress denied the claims. A statement read:
“Jacqueline Fernandez is being called to testify as a witness by the ED.
“She has duly recorded her statements and in future will also be completely cooperating with the agency in the investigations.
“Jacqueline also categorically denies alleged slanderous statements made about relationship with the involved couple.”