Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez has recently approached the High Court of Delhi, seeking the quashing of a criminal case and a supplementary chargesheet filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). This case is related to an alleged ₹200 crore money laundering scheme involving conman Sukesh Chandrasekhar.
Fernandez, who has been named as a co-accused in the case filed by the ED, finds herself in the midst of a complex legal battle. However, she has been classified as a witness in the predicate offence, which is an extortion case filed by the Delhi Police.
The ED’s FIR was initiated based on an extortion case registered by the Delhi Police’s Economic Offences Wing (EOW) in August of the previous year. This case accused Chandrasekhar of cheating and extorting money from Aditi Singh, the wife of former promoter of Religare Enterprises, Shivinder Mohan Singh.
In her plea to the court, Fernandez has stated that the evidence presented by the ED confirms her innocence and portrays her as a victim of Chandrasekhar’s targeted attack. She denies any involvement in aiding him to launder his alleged ill-gotten wealth.
Furthermore, the plea emphasizes that Fernandez was presented as a prosecution witness in the EOW case. Throughout her interactions with Chandrasekhar, she was unaware of his actual incarceration status, as his behavior resembled that of a person at liberty.