Lavish jewellery was also allegedly gifted
A police chargesheet has reportedly revealed that alleged conman Sukesh Chandrasekhar gave Jacqueline Fernandez Rs. 10 Crore (£1 million) worth of gifts.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) filed a 7,000-page chargesheet against Sukesh, his wife Leena Maria Paul and six others in a Rs. 200 Crore (£20 million) money laundering case.
Sukesh was arrested and questioned by police.
According to the chargesheet, Sukesh told officers that he sent various gifts to Jacqueline Fernandez.
This included a horse worth Rs. 52 Lakh (£52,000) and a Persian cat worth Rs. 9 Lakh (£9,000).
Lavish jewellery was also allegedly gifted to Jacqueline.
He also said that while in jail, he used to speak to the actress over the phone.
The reports come shortly after two romantic photos of the actress and the accused went viral.
Both photos showed the pair in front of a mirror, with Sukesh kissing Jacqueline on the cheek in one and vice-versa in the other.
This reignited speculation that the pair were in a romantic relationship, despite the actress dismissing the claims.
However, Sukesh’s lawyer Anant Malik previously said:
“Jacqueline and Sukesh were dating, these are my instructions, this is straight from the horse’s mouth.”
The chargesheet also named Nora Fatehi as she was gifted a luxury car by the alleged conman.
Nora had previously issued a statement, saying that she had no involvement in money laundering.
The statement read: “Nora Fatehi has been the victim around the case and being a witness, she is co-operating and helping the officers in the investigation.
“We would like to make it very clear that she has not been a part of any money laundering activity, she does not know or have any personal connection with the accused and has been called by the ED to strictly help with the investigation.”
Reports said Nora had been invited to an event by the accused’s wife and was gifted the car at the event.
Delhi Police’s Economic Offences Wing registered an FIR against Sukesh in August 2021 for allegedly scamming Aditi Singh, the wife of billionaire businessman Shivinder Mohan Singh.
The FIR stated that he extorted money from the woman after claiming he could arrange her husband’s release from prison.
During questioning, Sukesh claimed that he bribed Tihar jail staff to allow him to run his extortion racket from jail.
Five senior officials were subsequently arrested.
The ED had previously told the court that money was being moved under Leena’s orders.
During the investigation, searches were conducted at various places linked to Sukesh Chandrasekhar and his associates in which six high-end vehicles were seized.
The cars were either in the names of firms belonging to Leena or in the name of third parties.
The Delhi Police had alleged that Leena and Sukesh along with others used Hawala routes, created shell companies to launder the money earned from proceeds of crime.