Amid ED probe, Jacqueline Fernandez moves court seeking permission to travel abroad

Recently, ED attached her assets worth over Rs 7 crore

72-Jacqueline-Fernandez Jacqueline Fernandez | AFP

Actress Jacqueline Fernandez, who is on the Enforcement Directorate's radar, in connection with conman Sukesh Chandrasekhar's case, has moved the Delhi High Court seeking permission to travel abroad. The actress has sought a 15-day exemption to travel to Abu Dhabi for the IIFA awards, according to reports.

There is an active lookout circular against her in connection with the Rs 200 crore extortion case, which led to her being briefly detained at the Mumbai International Airport last year, Times of India reported. She has been interrogated several times by the ED. Last month, the ED also attached her assets worth over Rs 7 crore. Jacqueline had received expensive gifts from Sukesh and his wife and actor Leena Maria Paul, the ED had told a Delhi court in its charge-sheet earlier.

The ED had claimed that the statements of Jacqueline were recorded on August 30 and October 20, in which she stated that she received gifts like three designer bags from Gucci and Chanel, two Gucci gym wear outfits, a pair of Louis Vuitton shoes, two pairs of diamond earrings and a bracelet of multi- coloured stones and two Hermes bracelets. She also received a car, Mini Cooper, which she returned, the ED claimed. She further said that Chandrashekar had arranged private jet trips and her hotel stay on different occasions.

Delhi Police's Economic Offences Wing (EOW) had earlier registered an FIR against Chandrasekhar for allegedly duping the spouses of former promoters of Ranbaxy, Shivinder Singh, and Malvinder Singh, of Rs 200 crore.

The agency found in its probe that Chandrashekhar was in "regular contact" with Jacqueline since February till he got arrested on August 7 last year (by the Delhi Police). He was later arrested by the ED too.

-with PTI inputs