A charge sheet filed by the Enforcement Directorate in Rs 200 crore extortion case against conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar has mentioned actress Jacqueline Fernandez as an accused. This is the first time, the actress has been accused in the case. The actress had visited the ED office several times during the investigation. Reportedly, the actress also met Sukesh while he was in Jail.
Jacqueline’s lawyer, advocate Prashant Patil has told ETimes that the actress has not got any official copy of the complaint yet. He said, “We have received information about the complaint being filed by the Enforcement Directorate only through media reports. There is no official communication from the Enforcement Directorate or the Hon’ble Court. My client has not received any copy of the complaint filed by the Enforcement Directorate. However, if the media reports are true, then it’s unfortunate that my client has been arraigned as an accused in the said case.”
The lawyer further added that the actress will take the necessary steps under the law to protect her dignity and liberty. He also stated that Jacqueline has been cooperative during the investigation and she is a victim of a larger conspiracy. He said, “She has always cooperated with the investigation agencies and attended all the summons issued till date. She has handed over all the information to the best of her ability to the ED. The agencies have failed to appreciate that she was cheated and conned into this matter. She is a victim of a larger criminal conspiracy. Taking the entire prosecution case to be true for the sake of arguments, even then, no case is made out against Jacqueline under the scheme of Prevention of Money Laundering Act or any other Law in force. This is a case of mala fide prosecution and my client shall take steps as required under law to protect her dignity and liberty.”
Amidst the money laundering case, earlier today, the actress shared a post about hope and dreams. She wrote, “Dear me, I deserve all good things, I’m powerful, I accept myself, it’ll all be okay. I’m strong, I will achieve my goals and dreams, I can do it.”
On the work front, she will next star in Rohit Shetty‘s ‘Cirkus’ and Akshay Kumar starrer ‘Ram Setu’.