New Delhi: Nora Fatehi has sued fellow actress Jacqueline Fernandez of Rs 200 crore, alleging that the Sri Lankan made “defamatory imputations against her due to malicious reasons”.
Both actresses have been questioned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with the Rs 200 crore money-laundering case filed against conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar.
Nora Fatehi moves a defamation suit of Rs 200 cr against Jacqueline Fernandes alleging that Fernandes made false statements with malicious intent. Both were questioned by ED in a money laundering case of Rs 200 cr. Jacqueline has been charge-sheeted in the matter.
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Fatehi, a Canadian actress, filed the defamation case against Fernandez Monday for telling the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court that “she was being falsely implicated by the ED while celebs such as Nora Fatehi who had also received gifts from conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar had been made witnesses”.
Jacqueline Fernandez, who appeared before Delhi’s Patiala House Court on Monday, has been chargesheeted in the Sukesh Chandrashekhar case.
The ED is probing allegations that Chandrashekhar among other things, bought gifts for Fernandez with the ‘tainted money’ he made by cheating and extorting high-profile individuals.
Fatehi claimed she had no direct contact with Sukesh Chandrashekhar, but only through his wife, Lena Maria Paul. The actor further denied receiving any gifts from the conman.
Her plea stated: “It is pertinent to mention herein that both the complainant (Nora Fatehi) and the accused (Jacqueline Fernandez) are actresses of foreign origin and both have had their share of struggles in rising to fame in the Indian film industry, hence, it is evident that the act of the accused in dragging the name of the complainant wherein she has no business mentioning the complainant is mala fide in nature.”
Apart from Jacqueline Fernandez, Nora Fatehi also named several media houses in her defamation plea. She alleged that the “collective hounding of her by multiple media houses is akin to a mob lynching”, adding that it had happened “at the behest of Jacqueline Fernandez”.
ThePrint reported in July that Jacqueline and Chandreshekhar had met twice face-to-face and spoke numerous times on phone while he was in jail.
She received many gifts ranging from Hermès bags worth lakhs, diamond jewellery from Tiffany, and exotic cats and horses sent through a carrier that summed up a whirlwind seven-month “love affair” between the two.
The duo’s “love story” began in January 2021 when Chandrasekhar allegedly started calling and messaging Fernandez from inside Tihar Jail.
While Fernandez did not respond at first, Chandrasekhar apparently approached her through her hairdresser, introducing himself as the “owner of Sun TV and Malabar Jewels” and as someone “close to Home Minister Amit Shah”. This is when the two started talking, sources in the Enforcement Directorate (ED) told ThePrint.
Investigations have revealed that Chandrashekhar duped Ranbaxy owners Shivinder and Malvinder Singh’s wives Aditi and Japna of several crores of rupees.
The women claimed they paid the money to secure bail for their husbands and ensure their safety. In reality, Chandreshekhar was already in jail for other financial improprieties when he made the spoof call to the Singhs. He allegedly posed as an officer from the Union Law Ministry.
The Singh brothers have been in Delhi’s Tihar Jail since October 2019 — arrested for allegedly diverting funds worth Rs 2,397 crore from Religare Finvest and its parent company Religare Enterprises.
Both Chandrasekhar and his actor wife Leena Maria Paul were arrested by the Delhi Police for their alleged role in the duping case.
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