Pinky Irani, who allegedly introduced Bollywood actor Jacqueline Fernandez to Sukesh Chandrashekhar, was detained on Wednesday in connection with an extortion case involving the con artist, according to officials. Suman Nalwa, a spokeswoman for the Delhi Police, stated that Mumbai resident Irani has joined the Economic Offence Wing (EOW) inquiry.
“Having adequate evidence against her, she was arrested in this matter and brought before the court, which granted her a three-day police remand. The investigation is ongoing,” Nalwa stated. Tuesday, a Delhi court granted regular release to actress Fernandez in a Rs 200 crore money laundering case involving fraudster Sukesh Chandrashekar, citing the fact that the accused was not caught throughout the inquiry as a justification for granting bail. In September, Fernandez was questioned by the EOW over the extortion case. Chandrashekhar, who is currently incarcerated, is accused of defrauding numerous individuals, including prominent figures such as the wife of former Fortis Healthcare promoter Shivinder Mohan Singh, Aditi Singh.
Who is Pinky Irani?
According to media accounts, Pinky Irani is Sukesh Chandrasekhar’s buddy and introduced him to Jacqueline Fernandez many years ago. Now, Irani has been summoned to the probe by the Economic Offenses Wing of Delhi.
Jacqueline Fernandez has also been summoned for questioning today in reference to the money laundering case by the EOW of the Delhi Police. According to reports, they have also prepared a list of questions for Jacqueline to respond.
Given her relationships with both Chandrasekhar and Fernandez, it is anticipated that Pinky Irani will play a significant role in the investigation of the fraud case. Later, additional information surrounding her encounter at the EOW headquarters today will be disclosed.
Irani aided Sukesh in contacting Jacqueline Fernandez, as she knew both parties. Pinky and Jacqueline may be confronted during questioning to gain further insight into the matter, according to sources.
Jacqueline has been informed that the probe could take a few days or occur consecutively, and has been instructed to schedule her stay in Delhi accordingly. Earlier, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) charged Jacqueline with money laundering in the case involving Sukesh.
In addition, the Delhi Police stated that the extensive list of questions prepared for the actress was based on her relationship with Sukesh and the items she received from him. She will also be questioned about the number of times she met Sukesh or spoke with him over the phone throughout the specified time frame.
Chandrashekhar is accused of extorting Rs 200 crore from Aditi Singh, the wife of jailed former Ranbaxy owner Shivinder Singh, while acting as an official of the union law ministry and the PMO, under the guise of securing her husband’s release on bail, when he was lodged in Rohini jail.