New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has arrested jailed criminal Sukesh Chandrashekhar and his actor wife Leena Maria Paul in connection with a money laundering probe. Official sources gave this information on Saturday.
The couple is already in jail after being arrested by the Delhi Police on charges of cheating and cheating a few people, including some high-profile individuals.
The ED arrested him under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) and is expected to produce him before a local court seeking remand.
It had recently arrested two alleged associates of Chandrashekhar in this case.
In August, the ED had raided some of Chandrasekhar’s premises and seized a sea-facing bungalow in Chennai, Rs 82.5 lakh in cash and over a dozen luxurious cars.
The probe agency, in a statement, had claimed that Chandrashekhar is a “known thug” and is being probed by the Delhi Police for alleged criminal conspiracy, cheating and extortion of around Rs 200 crore.
The ED said, “Chandrasekhar is the mastermind of this fraud. He has been a part of the crime world since the age of 17. There are several FIRs registered against him and presently he is lodged in Rohini Jail (in the Delhi Police case).” said.
He claimed that despite being in jail, Chandrashekhar “did not stop cheating” people.
“They (with cellphones purchased illegally from inside the jail) made fake calls to dupe people with the help of technology as the numbers displayed on the phone numbers of the called party belonged to senior government officials.”
The ED had claimed, “While talking to these people (from the jail), he claimed to be a government official, who was offering to help people at a cost.”
It had also recorded the statement of actor Jacqueline Fernandez in the matter.