Actress Nora Fatehi was questioned by the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Delhi Police for around seven hours on Friday at their office in Delhi’s Mandir Marg in connection with the Rs 200 crore extortion case filed against alleged conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar.
Sukesh Chandrashekhar had allegedly extorted Rs 200 crore from the wife of former Fortis Healthcare promoter Shivinder Singh. Special CP (Crime and EoW) Ravindra Singh Yadav told The Indian Express that they have summoned four to five people, including bollywood actress Nora Fatehi and Jacqueline Fernandez.
Special CP Ravinder Singh Yadav said, “Nora Fatehi was called yesterday in connection with a case of Sukesh and she was questioned for around 7 hours. During questioning, she has cooperated, but still there are a few unanswered questions. She told the police she was not aware that the event where she was invited to in Chennai had links to this crime syndicate… But everything will have to be seen, how the car and gifts that she had received used. We will reach a conclusion only with a proper probe.”
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“The investigation is going on to ascertain all the links, people involved in the main conspiracy and people who accepted gifts were aware about his background or not,” he added.
The Delhi police summoned Fatehi last week and she appeared before the investigating officer on Friday morning to record her statement. “She came at around 11 am and left the office around 6 pm. She recorded her statement and the police asked her about the gifts presented by Sukesh to her,” an officer revealed.
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Last year, the Delhi Police filed a chargesheet against Sukesh Chandrashekhar, his wife Leena Maria Paul and 12 others. The chargesheet alleged that Sukesh was lodged at Rohini jail as an undertrial and allegedly extorted Rs 200 crore from Shivinder Singh’s wife over a period of one year.
The police had also invoked the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) against Sukesh. A senior police officer said in reference to the extortion, “The investigation officer has started preparing a supplementary chargesheet and recording statements of all the persons involved with Sukesh.”
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Earlier in October last year, Nora Fatehi was summoned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and they recorded her statement under provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in connection with a case filed against conman Sukesh and his wife Leena Maria Paul.
Last week, the Delhi Police had also summoned Bollywood actor Jacqueline Fernandez and asked her to join the investigation on September 12.
On August 17, the ED filed a supplementary chargesheet and mentioned that Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez had received gifts worth Rs 5.71 crore from conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar, but was “trying to justify herself that she was in fact the victim of manipulative actions by conman Sukesh against her”.
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The supplementary charge sheet was filed at Patiala House Court and mentioned Fernandez as an accused. Later, the court took cognizance of the chargesheet and issued summons to Jacqueline to appear before the court on September 26 in the 200 crores extortion case linked to Sukesh Chandrashekhar.