A Delhi court on Wednesday demanded a response from the Directorate of Law Enforcement (ED) to a plea by Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez seeking the suspension of a supervisory circular (LOC) issued against her and allowing her to travel abroad.
The ED issued the LOC against it last year over an Rs 200 crore extortion case involving an alleged con artist Sukesh Chandrasekhar.
Fernandez asked the court for permission to travel abroad for 15 days, saying she had to attend events in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, France and Nepal.
Additional Sessions Judge Praveen Singh requested a response from the ED and scheduled the case for May 18, 2022, for a rehearing.
In his request, Fernandez claimed that the ED seized his passport without citing any reason.
“The applicant, a renowned film actress, was invited to events, press conferences, rehearsals and to participate in the event. That the plaintiff prays for the release of her passport and asks this court for permission to travel to Abu Dhabi, UAE, provisionally from May 17 to 22, as the IIFA is holding the 2022 IIFA weekend and awards at Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates,” his request said.
He added that she was also invited to the Cannes Film Festival in France from May 17-28 and another show in Nepal from May 27-28.
“Serious harm will be caused to the applicant if her permission to travel abroad is refused,” the request states.
He said she was always involved in the investigation before the ED and was willing to abide by any conditions imposed by the court.
Fernandez is a Sri Lankan national and has lived in India since 2009.
The ED had stopped her from flying overseas, saying she could be required to join an ongoing money laundering investigation.
The actor was questioned by the ED in several sessions in connection with the ongoing case against Chandrashekar and his actress wife Leena Maria Paul.
The agency had previously filed an indictment in court under the sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) and named Chandrashekar, his wife and six other people.
He alleged that Chandrashekar gave the actor many expensive gifts, including Persian cats and a horse. Chandrashekar is accused of cheating on various people including prominent figures such as wife of former Fortis Healthcare promoter Shivinder Mohan Singh, Aditi Singh.
Another Bollywood actor-dancer, Nora Fatehi, was also grilled by the ED in the case.PTI UK RKS RKS
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