Fatehi and Fernandez were both questioned in a money laundering case against alleged fraudster Sukesh Chandrashekhar.
Fatehi’s pleading claimed Fernandez made “defamatory allegations” for “malicious reasons” with the intention of “destroying her career to advance her own interests.”
What exactly did Fernandez say about Fatehi? Why were the two actors questioned in the money laundering case? We explain.
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What did Fatehi claim in her pleading?
Fatehi’s pleading said that Fernandez had submitted a written statement to the PMLA Court of Appeals that she was “wrongly implicated by the ED while celebs like Nora Fatehi, who received gifts from conman Sukesh Chandrashekar, had been made witnesses.”
Fatehi claimed this was an attempt to defame her and destroy her career.
“Jacqueline Fernandes attempted to criminally defame the complainant in order to destroy her career in order to advance her own interests given that they both work in the same industry and have similar backgrounds, among other things,” her pleading reads.
Her pleading said Fernandez’s remarks were made to slander her image, although Fatehi had nothing to do with the matter.
“It is important to mention here that both the complainant (Nora Fatehi) and the defendant (Jacqueline Fernandez) are actresses of foreign origin and both have had their share of struggles to become famous in the Indian film industry, so it is obvious that the defendant’s act of taking the applicant’s name while having nothing to do with mentioning the applicant is unfair in nature,” the plea states.
While Fatehi is of Canadian-Moroccan origin, Fernandez is from Sri Lanka. Fatehi’s plea has also attempted to culprit several media houses in the case, who claim they criminally attempted to reproduce Fernandez’s defamatory statements.
Your involvement in the Sukesh case
Sukesh has been charged with allegedly extorting Rs 200 crore from the wife of former Fortis Healthcare promoter Shivinder Singh. In its supplemental indictment filed in the case on Aug. 17, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) alleged that Fernandez received $5.71 billion in gifts from Chandrashekhar and was in fact the victim of Sukesh’s manipulative actions against her.”
In October of that year, the ED opposed Fernandez’s bail request, claiming she made a failed attempt to flee the country. It was also alleged that Fernandez never cooperated with investigations and only made disclosures when confronted with evidence. Additionally, the agency said Fernandez deleted evidence and asked others involved in the case to do the same.
However, in November a court in Delhi granted Fernandez bail. The court said while she was charged with receiving gifts from Sukesh out of the proceeds of crime, the trial would determine “whether there was any knowledge, intention or connection of the defendants to accept those gifts and proceeds of crime in the case”.
Fatehi, who has also received gifts from Sukesh, has been interrogated several times but not charged. Her testimony was included in the indictment.