In response to a plea by Bollywood actor Jacqueline Fernandez to quash the Enforcement Directorate’s supplementary chargesheet and ECIR (FIR) in a ₹200 crore money laundering case involving alleged conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar, the Delhi High Court on Thursday sent a notice to the agency.
The case was also scheduled for the next hearing on January 29 by the court.
Fernandez is one of the co-accused parties in the ED’s lawsuit. However, she has been listed as a witness in the Delhi police’s extortion case, which is the predicate offence.
The Economic Offenses Wing (EOW) of the Delhi Police brought an extortion case against Chandrasekhar in August of last year for allegedly defrauding and extorting money from Aditi Singh, the wife of Religare Enterprises’ former promoter, Shivinder Mohan Singh, which led to the filing of the ED’s FIR.
In her plea, the actress sought to quash the ECIR dated August 8, 2021, the second supplementary complaint dated August 17, 2022, and the proceedings resulting from it. She claimed that the evidence submitted by the ED demonstrated her innocence as the victim of Chandrasekhar’s maliciously targeted attack.
“There’s absolutely no indication that she helped him launder his allegedly ill-gotten wealth,” the plea says.
She was instead called as a prosecution witness in the EOW case, according to the plea agreement.
“During their interactions, the main accused consistently presented himself as a free individual,” the plea continued. The primary accused’s behavior consistently mirrored that of a person who was free, so the petitioner had no way of knowing that he was truly incarcerated.