Conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar, who allegedly gave expensive gifts worth millions of rupees to actress Jacqueline Fernandez, has made false claims against top Bollywood celebrities and chief ministers, sources said on Friday.
During questioning by the ED, Sukesh claimed that he had known Shraddha Kapoor since 2015 and had legally assisted her in a Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) case. But ED sources said the claim was false. Shraddha Kapoor’s statement was recorded by NCB in Mumbai last year during the investigation into the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput. No action has been taken against it by the NCB since then.
The 32-year-old con artist accused of extorting more than 200 crore rupees from a businessman’s wife by posing as government officials, also claimed during questioning that actor Harman Baweja was an old friend and was trying to co-produce his next film with Aryan Kartik.
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“Harman is an old friend and I was in the process of contacting him to co-produce his next movie Captain with actor Kartik Aaryan,” Sukesh’s statement read. However, ED sources said Sukesh didn’t know Harman, and he didn’t have the actor’s number either.
The scammer also told the ED in his statement that Shilpa Shetty was his friend and that he was helping her get her husband Raj Kundra released. But sources have said that claim is not true.
Sukesh also claimed to have called the offices of two chief ministers to congratulate them on their victory in the legislative elections and spoke to them. Sources have said that this claim is also false.
Sources further said the scammer continued to make false statements.
Last week, Jacqueline Fernandez, in her statement to ED, revealed that Sukesh Chandrashekhar had given her two pairs of diamond earrings, two Hermès bracelets, three Birkin bags and a pair of Louis Vuitton shoes. Now, it turns out that Jacqueline wasn’t the only one Sukesh was sending such baskets to.
Struck by the glamor of Bollywood, Sukesh had targeted several actresses, some of whom are well-known stars. Sukesh would send these luxury gifts under different names to ensure anonymity and protect her identity.
Meanwhile, Pinky Irani, a woman who has been paid millions of rupees by Sukesh to facilitate a “friendship” with Jacqueline, is interviewed by the ED. Pinky’s role was revealed after recording a statement from Jacqueline’s makeup artist Shaan Muttathil who said that in January 2021 he was contacted by a woman named Angel who introduced him to Sukesh as Shekhar. by video call.
India Today has learned that after seeking permission from the court, ED officials took Pinky to Tihar prison where she is confronted with Sukesh. Pinky, who is in ED’s custody, has previously been confronted with Jacqueline, who is also on the financial investigation agency’s radar.
The ED alleged that Sukesh had been in regular contact with Jacqueline from February 2021 until he was arrested on August 7, 2021.
During this period, Sukesh gave various gifts to her and her family members, arranged charter flights for her to travel to India, her hotel stay, and made cash payments to a screenwriter on behalf of by Jacqueline. All of these expenses and payments were made by Sukesh from the proceeds of crime acquired through criminal activity.
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