Jacqueline Fernandez landed in trouble after her name surfaced during the investigation into 200 crore money laundering case involving conman Sukesh Chandrasekhar. The actress had received several expensive gifts from him. The Enforcement Directorate had named Jacqueline as an accused in their chargesheet, stating that she was a beneficiary of the extorted money. Jacqueline had filed a bail plea in the matter, which was opposed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED), who reportedly alleged that Jacqueline could flee the country to escape the investigation. “We have not seen ₹ 50 lakh in cash in our entire life but Jacqueline frittered away ₹ 7.14 crore for fun. She has tried every trick in the book to try and escape because she has enough money,” the ED had said while opposing Jacqueline’s bail. The court had also questioned the investigating agency as to why the actress was not arrested. “Why haven’t you arrested Jacqueline yet despite issuing an LOC? Other accused are in jail. Why adopt a pick-and-choose policy?” the court asked the Enforcement Directorate.
Jacqueline’s lawyer had told ETimes that the actress is a victim in the case. Prashant Patil had told ETimes, “She has always cooperated with the investigation agencies and attended all the summons issued till date. She has handed over all the information to the best of her ability to the ED. The agencies have failed to appreciate that she was cheated and conned into this matter. She is a victim of a larger criminal conspiracy. Taking the entire prosecution case to be true for the sake of arguments, even then, no case is made out against Jacqueline under the scheme of Prevention of Money Laundering Act or any other law in force. This is a case of malafide prosecution and my client shall take steps as required under law to protect her dignity and liberty.”