"Jacqueline and Sukesh were dating"
Jacqueline Fernandez has found herself in a controversial spot after a picture with alleged conman Sukesh Chandrasekhar went viral.
According to India Today, it was taken some time between April to June 2021, when Chandrasekhar was out on interim bail.
The millionaire is the main suspect in a Rs. 200 Crore (£20 million) extortion case also involving his wife Leena Maria Paul.
Jacqueline Fernandez was questioned about the accused and there was speculation that she was dating him, however, she refuted the rumours.
The viral picture has now reignited the controversy.
Enforcement Directorate (ED) sources say that the pair met four times in Chennai while he was on bail and a private jet was even arranged for the Bollywood star.
The viral image shows the alleged conman kissing the 36-year-old actress on her cheek while taking a mirror selfie in a bathroom.
Meanwhile, Fernandez is seen smiling.
It was reported that the iPhone 12 Pro seen in Chandrasekhar’s hands is the same one that he carried out the scam using an Israeli SIM card.
It is also believed that this was the phone which he used while he was behind bars.
Netizens reacted to the romantic picture.
One said: “She might have slept with him also. Power of money.”
Another person commented:
“I am actually shocked to hear such a thing about Jacqueline Fernandez. So shameful!!”
However, another claimed the picture had been photoshopped.
Delhi Police accused the 32-year-old and 13 other individuals of duping Aditi Singh, the wife of billionaire businessman Shivinder Mohan Singh.
Authorities believe that Chandrasekhar had extorted the money from Singh by claiming that he would arrange for her husband’s release from prison.
Fernandez was questioned for seven hours by the ED in connection with the case in October 2021.
Chandrasekhar’s lawyer, Anant Malik, had previously told the media:
“Jacqueline and Sukesh were dating, these are my instructions, this is straight from the horse’s mouth.”
However, a spokesperson for the actress had since said:
“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 co-operating with the agency in the investigations.
“Jacqueline also categorically denies alleged slanderous statements made about her relationship with the involved couple.”
Fellow actress Nora Fatehi, who was gifted a luxury car from Chandrasekhar, was also summoned in connection with the case.
Fernandez was last seen in the comedy-horror movie Bhoot Police (2021), which also starred Saif Ali Khan and Arjun Kapoor.
Jacqueline Fernandez also has a number of upcoming projects including Rohit Shetty’s comedy Cirkus (2022), which also stars Ranveer Singh.