Bollywood actress Nora Fatehi has been called by the Enforcement Directorate in a money laundering case after recording her statement. According to reports, she went to the ED office today on Oct 14 for further interrogation regarding the connection with alleged con artists, Sukesh Chandrashekar and Leena Paul.
Her statement was recorded under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). Apart from Nora, ED has called Jacqueline Fernandez for the questioning in the same case for the second time. She was earlier questioned in August 2021 and skipped a summon last week. Now Fernandez will also appear again on Oct 15.
The agency is looking into different people who might be connected to this case directly or indirectly.
How is Nora Fatehi Named in Money Laundering Case?
Indian media reported that Chandrasekar and his actor wife Leena Paul were arrested by Delhi Police for allegedly conning businessman Shivinder Singh’s family of around 200 Crore INR. The summons for Nora Fatehi and Jacquelin Fernandez came after ED took an FIR accusing Chandrasekar and Paul of cheating, extortion, and criminal conspiracy.
Indian media reports suggested that the agency was trying to find out the possibility of extorted money being invested abroad. ED suspected that Chandrashekar who was already accused in a bribery case led the whole process. They had also raided the house of Sukesh and Paul and now think that other Bollywood celebrities might be playing an active role in this case.
Reports revealed that Chandrasekar was calling and texting some actor from Sri Lanka which led the ED to call in Fernandez for questioning.
Actresses Claim to Have been Conned by The Same Racket
The news about Nora Fatehi and Jacquelin Fernandez being questioned became a laughing matter on social media. The situation became dramatic when both actresses claimed that they themselves have been conned by the Chandrasekar racket. Nora and Jacquelin reportedly cooperated with the agency to take the investigation further and bring justice to the conmen, whoever they are.
Meanwhile, netizens mocked the agency’s intelligence to implicate Bollywood stars whenever some money laundering issue is highlighted. It seemed to them that the Indian government often tries to divert attention from real issues that lead to such crimes in the first place.
Lately, Bollywood seems to be the perfect scapegoat for the Indian government as can be seen from the arrest of SRK’s son Aryan Khan.
What is the Crime and Who is the Alleged Conman?
ED raided Chandrasekar’s estate in August and seized multiple properties including a sea-facing bungalow, 82.5 lakh INR cash, and more than 12 luxury vehicles. According to reports, Chandrasekhar allegedly masterminded the fraud with the billionaire Singh, who is associated with Fortis Healthcare, Religare, and Ranbaxy Laboratories.
Reports further claim that Chandrasekar has been a part of the criminal world since he was 17-years-old. He is currently lodged at Rohini Prison in Delhi and has multiple FIRs against him. ED also said that being in jail did not stop Chandrashekhar from conning people. He allegedly smuggled a cellphone into prison and made prank calls to con people by using a phone number that belonged to a government official. He allegedly introduced himself as a government officer and offered to help people for a price while sitting inside the prison.
However, it is not clear and ED did not explain how Jacqueline Fernandez and Nora Fatehi were connected to this money laundering case.