ED opposes Jacqueline Fernandez's plea in High Court seeking quashing of money laundering case.
Jacqueline Fernandez has requested the quashing of the FIR and supplementary chargesheet in a ₹200 crore money laundering case linked to alleged conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has contested Bollywood actor Jacqueline Fernandez's plea seeking the dismissal of the ECIR (FIR) and supplementary chargesheet filed by the ED in the ₹200 Crore money laundering case involving alleged conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar, stating that it is not maintainable. In its response, the ED highlighted that its investigation under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) 2002 differs significantly from the investigations conducted by police authorities, which focus on the commission of scheduled offences. The ED emphasized that the accused in money laundering offences may be additional or different from those in the predicate offence due to the distinct nature of the offence. The plea argued that the mere fact that the investigating agency has included the petitioner as a witness in the predicate offence does not automatically absolve her from the offence of money laundering, which is separate and distinct.
Recently, the Delhi High Court requested the ED to submit its response to Jacqueline Fernandez's petition. Earlier, the ED had opposed Jacqueline's plea, contending that she continued to accept gifts from Sukesh despite being aware of his criminal background.