Bollywood actor Jacqueline Fernandez, who was questioned by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with the Rs 200 crore extortion case involving Sukesh Chandrashekhar, told the agency that she received several gifts from the conman. The actress also told ED that Sukesh Chandrashekhar had hired private jets as well as booked helicopter rides for her.
India Today accessed a copy of Jacqueline Fernandeez’s answer to the Enforcement Directorate’s questions in regards to her connection with the conman.
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Jacqueline Fernandez told ED that Sukesh Chandrashekhar had tried to get in touch with her during December 2020-January 2021, claiming that she did not respond to his calls at first. The actress alleged that she was contacted by someone from the government office and was told to get in touch with Sukesh Chandrashekhar, who she knew as Shekhaar Ratna Vela.
“So, I contacted him and he introduced himself as the owner of Sun TV along with his family. He also said he was from a political family of Jayalalitha and they are from Chennai. He said he was a big fan of mine, and that I should do films in the South and as Sun TV they have many projects lined up. From that time, me and him were in touch,” the actress told ED.
She revealed that she was in touch with him over WhatsApp calls and introduced him to her friends and family.
When asked if she had received any gift from Sukesh Chandrashekhar, Jacqueline Fernandez told the agency that she had “received limited edition perfumes. See alkaline water bottles every week. Flowers every other day, chocolates from different places. I received approximately three designer bags from Gucci, Chanel, two Gucci outfits for gym wear, a pair of Louis Vuitton shoes, two pairs of diamond earrings and a bracelet of multi colored stones, two Hermes bracelets.”
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She said that she had also received a Mini Cooper from her house, but added that it “has been taken back by Sukesh Chandrashekhar.
When asked about the Mini Cooper car, Jacqueline Fernandez said, “I requested him (Sukesh Chandrashekhar) to take the car as I did not want to accept the car, he refused so I then had the car dropped to my friend’s car park and the keys were given to the security, after which the keys were then received by the security guard and the Mini Cooper was then removed.”
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When questioned if she had ever met the conman in person, the actress told the ED that she had met him last year in June as “Sukesh was very sad and depressed about the demise of his uncle and asked me to attend the funeral in Chennai. ”
“He sent me a private jet to take me from Mumbai to Chennai. He did not meet me at the airport but he had sent an assistant. I reached the Hyatt hotel and Shekhar arrived an hour after that. We had lunch together in the dining room and chatted in the living room area of the suite. The next day, he came back to the hotel and ordered some breakfast. After breakfast, he dropped me at the airport. And I returned back to Mumbai in a private jet,” the actress told the ED.
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Talking about the second meeting, Jacqueline told the agency that she met Sukeh Chandrashekhar a week after their first meeting.
“My friend traveled with me to Chennai again on a private jet. We were picked up from the airport by a driver and an assistant and taken to the same hotel, Hyatt Chennai,” Jacqueline Fernandez told the agency.
She added that she returned to Mumbai on a private jet.
Talking in detail about the private jet trips arranged by Sukesh Chandrasekhar, the Bollywood actress said, “I traveled twice to Kerala on private jet. He also arranged the helicopter ride from the airport to the hotel. Both occasions were personal trips. My first trip to Kerala, I traveled only for one day. The second trip I was in Kerala for two nights. The hotel expenses were taken care of by Sukesh. I had pick up and drop offs in the private jet from Mumbai to Kerala and also helicopter rides were arranged from the airport to the hotels. I also took two trips to Chennai to meet Sukesh and both were on private jets with return to Mumbai.
When asked about the owners of those private jets and helicopters, Jacqueline alleged that Sukesh Chandrashekhar had told her that he was the owner of the private jets and helicopter.
She claimed that she last spoke to him on August 8, 2021.