Actor Nora Fatehi has been summoned by the Execution Directorate in connection with the money laundering case against crooks Sukesh Chandrasekar and Leena Paul.
Chandrasekar and Paul were arrested by Delhi police for allegedly duping the family of Fortis Healthcare promoter Shivinder Singh for about Rs 200 crore.
The summons comes after the agency learned of an FIR accusing Sukesh Chandrasekar and Leena Paul of criminal conspiracy, cheating and extortion.
Agency sources say Ms Fatehi was called in to establish links with the accused.
The Rs 200 crore cheating case was brought on the basis of a complaint filed by Shivinder Singh’s wife Aditi Singh, who said that in June of last year a man posing as for a senior Law Ministry official had offered to help secure bail for Mr. Singh (then in jail) back for money.
Ms Singh said she paid Rs 200 crore and was told the money was for BJP party funds and Home Secretary Amit Shah was on her side.
At the time of the incident, Chandrasekhar, accused in 21 cases, was being held in Rohini Prison in Delhi and engaged in extortion racketeering behind bars.
Yesterday, his pre-trial detention was extended by 11 days and that of Leena Paul by 16 days.
The Directorate of Enforcement told the court that Chandrasekar knowingly created financial structures to overlay and transfer the proceeds of the couple’s crimes and therefore actively participated in the money laundering process.
“Sukesh Chandrasekar is the mastermind of this fraud. He has been part of the crime world since the age of 17. He has several FIRs against him and is currently being held at Rohini prison,” said the Enforcement Directorate. last month after raids on its properties.
In August, the central agency said it seized a sea-facing bungalow in Chennai, Rs 82.5 lakh in cash and more than a dozen luxury cars in connection with the case against him.
In addition, goods worth Rs 20 crore – ranging from shoes, bags and clothing from international brands like Chanel and Louis Vuitton – were also seized.
Last month, a second Bollywood actor, Jacqueline Fernandez, was also summoned for questioning, but she skipped his summons.
This would have been the second time that Ms. Fernandez has been questioned in this case; in August, she was interrogated for more than five hours.
Sources said Chandrasekar had been in contact with the actor, who is from Sri Lanka, through calls and messages, and the agency wanted to question him about it.