Jacqueline Fernandez, the Bollywood actor named in a Rs 200 crore extortion case by the Directorate of Law Enforcement, had received a string of expensive gifts from con artist Sukesh Chandrashekar. The list included designer handbags, cars and diamonds.
Jacqueline Fernandez, who has been charged in the case, was confronted by Sukesh Chandrasekhar in October. Question number 10 in the transcripts of the meeting — in possession of NDTV — goes like this.
Q.10 Have expensive gifts been exchanged between you?
Jacqueline Fernandez: I received 4 Gucci, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Dior bags, three Louis Vuitton and Louboutin shoes, two Gucci outfits, perfumes, four cats, a Mini Cooper, two diamond earrings, a bracelet multicolored diamond.
Agency sources claimed that she received gifts worth Rs 10 crore, which also included a horse worth Rs 52 lakh and a Persian cat worth Rs 9 lakh.
The pair said they only met twice in Chennai and have been in contact mainly by phone for about six months. Jacqueline Fernandez said she spoke on the phone from February 2021 to August 2021. In Sukesh Chandrashekar’s version, the dates were from late January 2021 to August 2021.
Sukesh Chandrashekar has been arrested for allegedly extorting Rs 215 crore from Aditi Singh and Shivinder Singh, the former promoters of pharmaceutical giant Ranbaxy.
The Law Enforcement Branch alleged that he used illegal funds to purchase gifts for the actor.
In April, the central investigative agency tied the actor’s funds – to the tune of Rs 7.27 crore – and Rs 15 lakh cash, calling it “proceeds of crime”.