Delhi Court Grants Bail to Jacqueline Fernandez

Delhi court on Monday granted interim bail to Bollywood actor Jacqueline Fernandez in connection with her alleged involvement in which Aditi Singh, the wife of ex-Fortis promoter Shivinder Singh, was allegedly duped of ₹200 crores. Conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar is the main accused in the case.

Meanwhile, in her regular bail plea filed by advocate Patil and Aman Nandrajog, Fernandez denied “unity of design with Sukesh” and said that she was herself a victim of the circumstances and criminal acts committed by the conman and his associates.

The petition has said that even though she has never denied receipt of gifts, at no point of time did she have knowledge that these were proceeds of crime “on account of the deceitful and duplicitous conduct of Sukesh due to which she has suffered, and continues to suffer, tremendous hardship”.

“In fact, Jacqueline is another victim of the criminal acts committed by the main accused and his associates, who consistently lied about his real identity and exercised undue influence over the applicant’s personal and professional life either by showering her (and her family) with expensive gifts or claiming that he had done so I would do so, without ever mentioning their source,” the bail plea read, adding that she was “misled” in accepting the gifts.

Fernandez, a Sri Lankan citizen, has said that she is a tax-paying resident of India since 2009 and her “professional reputation and future work commitments” were “intrinsically linked” to the country, adding that she is co-operating and participating in attachment proceedings in connection with the present case.

“There is no risk of her leaving Indian jurisdiction without proper authorization as there is a Look Out Circular opened against her and subsisting,” the petition read.

Last week, the actor was questioned for over seven hours by the Delhi Police’s Economic Offences Wing — the second time she had been summoned for questioning by the Delhi Police for her alleged role in the case.

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