It is also being alleged that the actress spoke to Sukesh while he was in jail. ETimes reached out Jacqueline’s team for but didn’t get any response.
In the past, Jacqueline has been questioned several times by the ED. The actress had told officials that she was in touch with Sukesh Chandrasekhar since 2017 and that the conman had told her that he belonged to late Jayalalithaa’s family. “I have been speaking to Sukesh since February 2017. In August 2021, he was arrested, after which I never met him. He told me that he is the owner of Sun TV and from the political family of Jayalalithaa,” Jacqueline told the ED, according to PTI. The actress also mentioned that her sister took a loan of $1,50,000 from Chandrasekhar and accepted that he transferred around Rs 15 lakh to the account of her brother who lives in Australia. Previously, the ED had attached Jacqueline’s assets worth Rs 7 crore. The luxury gifts received by Jacqueline include diamond earrings, bracelets, Birkin bags, Louis Vuitton shoes and a mini cooper car among other things.
Amid this controversy, several intimate pictures of Jacqueline and Sukesh were leaked online, leading to a strong buzz about the couple being in a relationship. Confirming their romance, Chandrasekhar had released a hand written note and stated, “As I have mentioned before, Jacqueline and I were in a relationship. Seeing each other and the relationship was not based on any kind of monetary benefits like the way it is protected, commented and trolled in a bad light. The relationship had lots of love and respect for each other, without any expectations. I have gifted her things and done things for her family, are normal things one would do for his loved one in a relationship. It is personal, I don’t understand why it is being made such a big deal. At the same time I would like to again certain that none of it was ‘proceeds of so called crime’. It is all from legitimate earnings and the same would be proved in court of law very soon.” The expensive gifts reportedly included designer bags from Gucci, Chanel, two Gucci outfits for gym wear, a pair of Louis Vuitton shoes, two pairs of diamond earrings and two Hermes bracelets.
On her part, Jacqueline had asked for privacy over the controversy and shared on Instagram in January, “The country and its people have always given me tremendous love and respect. This includes my friends from the media, from whom I have learnt a lot. I’m currently going through a rough patch but I’m sure that my friends and fans will see me through it. It is with this trust that I would request my media friends to not circulate images of a nature that intrude my privacy and personal space. You would not do this to your own loved ones, am sure you would not do this to me either. Hoping that justice and good sense prevails. Thank you.”
After this charge sheet, it is said that Jacqueline’s legal team will counter on the grounds that the actress was not aware that she was a beneficiary of extortion money.