The Enforcement Directorate has refused to downgrade the Lookout Circular (LOC) issued against Bollywood actor Jacqueline Fernandez in connection with Rs 200 crore extortion case involving conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar, as per sources.
Jacqueline Fernandez had put in a request before the agency to remove the LoC issued against her so that the actress could travel outside India. However, with the ED turning down her request, Jacqueline Fernandez cannot leave the country, sources said.
Jacqueline Fernandez allegedly wanted to travel outside India for some of her professional commitments that she had made earlier.
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The actress has not been given a clean chit so far by the Enforcement Directorate and is currently under suspicion of the financial probe agency. So far, she has been questioned four times by the ED.
WHAT IS THE CASE?
Sukesh Chandrashekhar is a millionaire conman who allegedly extorted hundreds of crores of rupees from business people, politicians, and celebrities, including actors Jacqueline Fernandez and Nora Fatehi.
From June 2020 to May 2021, Sukesh Chandrashekhar, using some mobile applications and voice modulation softwares, allegedly made several calls to Aditi Singh, wife of former Ranbaxy owner Shivendra Singh who is in jail.
Sukesh, posing as an officer — sometimes as Law Secretary, Home Secretary, representative of Home Minister Amit Shah, and representative of Prime Minister’s Office — extorted Rs 215 crore from Aditi on the pretext of helping her husband get out of jail.
Currently, Sukesh is in Delhi’s Tihar jail in criminal cases. He has 15 FIRs against him.