The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned Bollywood actors Nora Fatehi and Jacqueline Fernandez in connection with a money laundering case filed that has been against alleged conman Sukesh Chandrashekar and his actor wife Leena Maria Paul. Nora’s statement is reportedly being recorded under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). Jacqueline is expected to join the probe tomorrow.

Here’s everything you need to know about the case – 

Sukesh Chandrasekhar, a conman who was lodged in Tihar jail following arrest in the infamous Election Commission (EC) bribery case, came under the Enforcement Directorate‘s radar in August after his luxurious sea-facing bungalow in Chennai was seized. Rs 82.5 lakh cash and over a dozen luxury cars were recovered. Authorities said Chandrashekar ran an extortion racket worth Rs 200 crore from inside the jail.

After coming out of jail on bail, the conman allegedly started duping high-profile people by posing as a relative of political leaders and a Supreme Court judge. 

Earlier this year, Aditi S Singh, the wife of former Fortis promoter Shivinder Singh, filed a police complaint saying that she was cheated for Rs 200 crore by a man who posed as an official of the Ministry of Law for securing bail for her husband.

“The special Cell of Delhi Police received a complaint from Aditi Singh on August 7 in which she mentioned that she received a call in June 2020 in which the caller introduced himself as a senior officer in the Ministry of Law and proposed to help her in securing bail for her husband,” EOW Additional Commissioner RK Singh said at the time. 

A probe found that Sukash Chandrasekhar aka Sukesh was the mastermind behind it. Investigation revealed that Chandrasekhar was running an extortion racket by using mobile phones from inside the Tihar jail.

Following this, Jacqueline was questioned by the ED in connection with the case in August. She and Nora, who have also been allegedly conned in the racket run by Chandrashekhar and his wife, will now be helping the agency in taking the probe forward.