Actor Nora Fatehi will be the prosecution witness in the money laundering case against conman Sukesh Chandrasekhar, sources said on Wednesday.
Actors Nora Fatehi and Jacqueline Fernandez are under the scanner of the Enforcement Directorate in connection with the Rs 200-crore extortion case in which Sukesh Chandrasekhar has been named the prime accused. Both the actors have appeared before the financial probe agencies for questioning several times.
The ED suspects that Nora Fatehi was allegedly gifted a BMW by conman Sukesh Chandrasekhar. However, she later revealed that Chandrashekhar gave her the car and that his wife, Leena Maria Paul, had also given her a Gucci bag and an iPhone as a “token of love”.
Nora Fatehi was also confronted with Sukesh on October 14. During this, the gift part was discussed.
Nora Fatehi had then told the ED that she was invited by Leena Maria Paul for an event. The event had taken place in December 2020 in Chennai.
Meanwhile, Nora Fatehi issued a statement on October 14, claiming she was not part of any money laundering activity.
“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,” said a statement issued on behalf of Nora Fatehi.
Who is Sukesh Chandrashekhar? What’s the case?
Sukesh Chandrashekhar is a millionaire conman who has 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.