The famous Bollywood actor Jacqueline Fernandez has granted with pre-arrest bail from the Delhi Court in the Rs 200-crore money laundering case. The Enforcement Directorate is already investigating against alleged conman Sukesh Chandrasekhar.
The order was pronounced by Additional Sessions Judge Shailender Malik, who had reserved the decision last week. The actor was summoned by the court in August after cognisance was taken of the supplementary chargesheet filed by the agency. Fernandez was named for the first time as an accused in the supplementary chargesheet.
During the arguments on November 11, on ED’s submission that Fernandez can escape the country easily. On September 26th, the court granted an interim protection from arrest to the actor. Earlier, the Special Cell of Delhi Police had registered an FIR against Chandrasekhar and others for offences punishable under Sections 170, 384, 386, 388, 419, 420, 506 and 120B of Indian Penal Code, 1860 and sec. 66(D) of Information Technology Act, 2000.
The offences punishable under Section 384, 386, 388, 419, 420 and 120B of IPC mentioned in the FIR have scheduled offences under Part A of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002.
Thus, the ED also took up the probe under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. According to the ED, Chandrasekhar utilised the proceeds of crime in gifting luxury items to celebrities including Fernandez In May, the Delhi High Court, while upholding a trial court order, had granted permission to the actor to travel abroad to Abu Dhabi, UAE for IIFA Awards events.