He used a cell phone from jail and swindled folks pretending to be a authorities officer, a minister’s aide or perhaps a Supreme Court decide. She collected the cash, which was routed by way of hawala networks.
Together, they collected a fortune and lived fabulously, flaunting a sea-facing bungalow in Chennai, a fleet of automobiles and wildly extravagant interiors.
The questioning of two Bollywood actors helped the Enforcement Directorate uncover particulars of an enormous con price crores, operated by Sukesh Chandrashekar, jailed since 2017.
One of the actors is Sukesh Chandrashekar’s alleged partner-in-crime Leena Maria Paul, who starred within the 2013 movie Madras Cafe. The different actor is the high-profile Jaqueline Fernandes, a pal of Leena Maria Paul and allegedly one of many couple’s victims.
According to sources within the CBI, Enforcement Directorate and Delhi Police, there are over 23 dishonest circumstances towards them throughout the nation.
The bungalow by the ocean that Chandrashekar and Leena Maria Paul lived in was additionally purchased after the couple conned Rs 40 crore out of Aditi Singh, the spouse of ex Fortis promoter Shivinder Singh. It was her grievance that uncovered the most recent swindle.
The luxe residence, stuffed with lavish furnishings and artwork items, additionally had in the lounge a Mercedes Benz 300 SLR with 722 emblazoned on it. The automobile was part of the well-known Mille Miglia race of 1955.
The Enforcement Directorate has seized items price Rs 20 crore until now.
The haul contains sneakers, baggage and garments from manufacturers like Ferragamo, Chanel, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Hermes and Versace. The coupled additionally owned a Rolls Royce Ghost, a Bentley Bentayga, a Ferrari 456 Italia, one Lamborghini Urus, an Escalade, and a Mercedes AMG 63.
Chandrashekar allegedly used subtle spoofing expertise with high-end gadgets for his cons. Agencies suspect the cash was routed by way of Leena’s household in Dubai.
Chandrashekar was 17 when he was first arrested, in 2005. He allegedly cheated a Bengaluru-based couple of Rs 1.14 crore after pretending to be a pal of former Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy’s son.
In 2013, he and Leena Maria Paul have been arrested for fraud price Rs 19 crore in Chennai involving Canara Bank.
Four years later, Chandrashekar was arrested by Delhi Police on bribery prices.
Pretending to be Law Secretary, he had allegedly struck a Rs 50 crore cope with former AIADMK chief VK Sasikala’s nephew TTV Dhinakaran, promising to get the “Two Leaves” image assigned to his faction. He obtained Rs 2 crore as the primary instalment, simply earlier than his arrest.
He was additionally charged with impersonating a Supreme Court decide and “directing” the decide presiding over the Two Leaves image bribery case to grant him bail. He referred to as simply earlier than the bail listening to.
He was arrested in Delhi with Rs 1.3 crore money and high-end automobiles.
He was charged once more after the Income Tax division’s report confirmed him at a mall in Bengaluru, purchasing and shutting enterprise offers when he was presupposed to be in Delhi Police custody. Chandrasekar had allegedly bribed policemen into letting him go whereas in Bengaluru for a courtroom listening to.
He was once more charged by the CBI final yr for allegedly posing because the company’s director and extorting cash from TDP MP Sambasiva Rao, who’s an accused in a Rs 6,000 crore financial institution fraud case.
While investigating this, the CBI learnt that Chandrashekar had once more conned Sasikara’s household after pretending to be a Supreme Court decide who would guarantee her early launch from a Bengaluru jail.
This month, the Delhi police charged Chandrasekar and Leena Maria Paul on the complaints of former Fortis Healthcare promoters Shivinder and Malvinder Singh’s wives. Pretending to be aides of the Union Home Minister and Law Minister, Chandrasekar allegedly duped the household of over Rs 40 crore.
It is that this grievance that had investigators on Leena Maria Paul’s path. She is in custody however not arrested but.
Sources say Jaqueline Fernandes, who was questioned as a witness yesterday, was introduced face-to-face with Leena.
While the Enforcement Directorate is tasked with recovering the cash that runs into lots of of crores, the Delhi Police is engaged on a water tight case to safe a conviction — the primary in 16 years.
Sources mentioned the CBI has written to Delhi Police on the telephones seized from Chandrashekar in jail to try to decipher the expertise he used; he all the time managed to have the variety of a senior authorities functionary on the cellphone show of the receiver whereas deceiving folks.
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