Actress leena maria paul custody extended court decision in money laundering case nodkp

New Delhi. A Delhi court has extended the custodial interrogation of actress Leena Maria Paul till October 16 in a money laundering case related to the recovery of Rs 200 crore from the wife of a businessman. Special Judge Parveen Singh has also extended by 11 days the Enforcement Directorate (ED) custody of Sukesh Chandrasekhar, Paul’s husband and accused in 21 cases. The couple was earlier sent to ED custody for three days, after which both were produced before the court on October 12.

The couple had allegedly cheated Aditi Singh, wife of Shivinder Mohan Singh, former promoter of Fortis Healthcare. The investigating agency had requested for extension of the custody of the couple by 11 days. “After perusing the records, I have found that in order to establish the link of the money earned from the crime and to confront the accused with the statements of other accused, further custodial interrogation of the accused is required,” the judge said. However, I have not found any ground to send the accused Leena Maria Paul to ED custody for 11 days.

The application, filed by Special Public Prosecutor Atul Tripathi on behalf of the ED, claimed that further custodial interrogation of the accused is required to ascertain the role and other things of the others helping in money laundering.

The case was registered on the basis of an FIR lodged by the Economic Offenses Wing of Delhi Police on the complaint of Aditi Singh. Singh had said in the complaint that in June last year, a man posing as a senior law ministry official had offered to help her then jailed husband in getting bail in return for money. Shivinder Singh was arrested in 2019 in a money laundering case related to alleged misappropriation of funds in Religare Finvest Limited (RFL).

According to the police, Chandrashekhar, an accused in 21 cases, including the Election Commission bribery case, had called Aditi, who was arrested in August. At the time of the incident, Chandrashekhar was lodged in Rohini Jail in Delhi and was running a racket to extort money from there. Police had said that during investigation it was found that the manager of a bank in Connaught Place and his two associates were involved in suspicious transactions for the flow of money and arrangement of cash, who were later arrested. It had said that an assistant jail superintendent and deputy superintendent of Rohini jail found involved in the racket were arrested.

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