Jacqueline Fernandez’s request for bail in the $200 million money laundering case involving conman Sukesh Chandrashekar and others has been rejected by the Enforcement Directorate (ED), which claims the Bollywood actor appears to be “deep-pocketed” and could obstruct the ongoing investigation.
Judge Shailender Malik of the additional sessions observed that the ED had submitted a response to Jacqueline’s bail application during the ordinary bail hearing. The actress’ temporary bail was, however, extended by the court, who postponed the case to November 10. The court further ordered the ED to give copies of the charge sheet and other pertinent documents to each party.
“Jacqueline is no ordinary person but a Bollywood actress with huge financial resources and hence high stature and influence,” the ED’s response read. The interim bail for Fernandez in the extortion case was renewed on Saturday by Delhi’s Patiala House Court.
Fernandez was present physically at the court proceedings on Saturday. In this case, Jacqueline was given provisional bail on September 26. On the previous occasion, the additional sessions judge had granted interim bail to Jacqueline on a 50,000 bail bond and had sent notice to ED regarding her regular bail petition.
On August 17, Fernandez was named as an accused in a supplemental charge sheet that the investigation agency submitted to a Delhi court in the case against Chandrashekar. According to ED’s earlier charge sheet, Fernandez and another actor, Nora Fatehi, were questioned and claimed that the accused gave them the most expensive gifts, top-of-the-line BMW vehicles.
Fernandez, meanwhile, denied having a “unity of design with Sukesh” and claimed that the conman and his cronies had victimised her personally as a result of the circumstances and crimes they had perpetrated.