Rs 200 crore extortion case: Cops grill Nora Fatehi, asks over 50 questions
3 September, 2022 | Pranay Lad
The Economic Offences Wing (EoW) of the Delhi Police questioned actress Nora Fatehi for more than nine hours on Friday in its Delhi office in connection with a Rs 200 crore extortion case reportedl...
The Economic Offences Wing (EoW) of the Delhi Police questioned actress Nora Fatehi for more than nine hours on Friday in its Delhi office in connection with a Rs 200 crore extortion case reportedly involving conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar.
During her interrogation, Nora was asked over 50 questions about Sukesh Chandrashekhar and the presents she received from him.
According to police, Fatehi, who was summoned on September 2, came to the EOW office on Mandir Marg at about 11 a.m. Her attorney accompanied her.
According to sources, the actress was questioned until approximately 8 p.m. before leaving. Police sources stated that she has been notified that she may be summoned in for questioning again.
“She recently returned from a trip to Dubai. She was questioned about Sukesh Chandrashekhar and the gifts she received from him. She was also questioned who she had met or talked to on the phone during that time period “a senior police officer said
According to police sources, an inquiry has so far shown that Nora and Jacqueline Fernandez, who has also been linked to Sukesh Chandrashekhar, were both oblivious of each other getting presents.
Nora was approached by Chandrashekhar’s wife, Leena Maria Paul, who was eventually imprisoned for her involvement in the scheme as well. “She reached Nora through a manager for a nail art function, and the two became closer, resulting in Chandrashekhar gifting Nora a BMW automobile, fancy phones, and other items. Nora has also stated that she had no idea Chandrashekhar was in jail or that the presents were purchased using criminal money. She further stated that she had not visited Chandrashekhar in jail “said the officer.
Previously, the enforcement directorate (ED) recorded Fatehi’s comments on September 13 and October 14, 2021, in which she confessed to receiving presents from the suspected conman and his actress wife Leena. Over the FIR lodged by the Delhi Police, the ED has opened a case of money laundering in the suspected scheme.
In addition to Nora, the name of actress Jacqueline Fernandez has appeared in the fraud, where she has been identified as an accused by the ED.
Meanwhile, the ED previously revealed that Fernandez’s comments were recorded on August 30 and October 20, 2021, during which she acknowledged accepting gifts from Chandrashekar.
According to reports, the charge sheet issued by the ED against Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez claimed unequivocally that “she willfully decided to disregard his (Sukesh Chandrashekhar) criminal record and continued to engage in financial transactions with him.” The partnership has benefited not just her, but also her family and friends financially.
ED also came to the conclusion that the allure of money meant that the criminal background of the person she was dealing with didn’t matter.
The ED further stated that Fernandez utilised proceeds of crime and costly items purchased with it for herself and her family members in India and overseas, which amounted to a money laundering offence under Section 3 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act 2002.
Sukesh Chandrashekhar, a native of Bengaluru, Karnataka, is now incarcerated in a Delhi jail, with over ten criminal complaints filed against him.
When Chandrashekhar was imprisoned in Rohini, he was accused of operating an extortion scheme for Rs 200 crore from Aditi Singh, the wife of imprisoned former Ranbaxy owner Shivinder Singh, who pretended to be officials from the union law ministry and the PMO in order to get her husband out on bail.