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Money Laundering: No relief to Sukesh Chandrashekhar and Leena Maria Paul in Rs 200 crore fraud, Delhi court sends couple to judicial custody till November 1

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Delhi’s Patiala House Court on Saturday sent Sukesh Chandrashekhar and his actress wife Leena Maria Paul and others to judicial custody till November 1 in a money laundering case of Rs 200 crore. Sukesh Chandrashekhar and Leena Maria Paul and others were produced in the court at the end of their remand.

The accused Chandrashekhar, his wife Leena and one other accused in the case related to the fraud of two hundred crore rupees from the businessman’s wife, have been sent to judicial custody by the court till November 1.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the court of Special Judge Praveen Singh at Patiala House Court said that the interrogation of accused Chandrashekhar and Leena Maria Paul has been completed. There is no use in keeping them on remand now. So the couple should be sent to jail in judicial custody. The court, after hearing the arguments of the investigating agency, directed the couple to be sent to judicial custody. The accused couple was arrested in this case on 9 October 2021. Since then the couple was kept on remand to reach out to the other accused in the case.

The ED said that the investigation in the case is still on. Some more arrests are possible. Earlier, the accused were taken on remand and confronted face to face to ascertain the source of the money.

Advocates Atul Tripathi and Mohammad Faraz, Special Public Prosecutor R.K. Shah appeared while advocates Anant Malik, Rohan Yadav and Gayatri Jamwal appeared on behalf of accused Sukesh Chandrashekhar and Leena Maria Paul in the case.

Earlier, the Court noted that the money was being moved on the instructions of Leena Maria Paul, the trial is yet to commence, if the ED is not given custody, the source of the funds which is currently unknown, cold. Will fall The court also took note of the fact that Chandrashekhar was lodged in Rohini Jail in Delhi at the time of the incident and was running an extortion racket from behind bars.

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The financial probe agency ED recently arrested him under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in an extortion racket run from a Delhi jail. The ED has also arrested two co-accused Pradeep Ramdani and Deepak Ramanani in the case.

According to the ED, during the investigation, raids were conducted at various places belonging to Chandrashekhar and his associates. Under Section 17 PMLA, 16 luxury vehicles were seized and these cars are either in the name of firms of Leena Paul or in the name of third parties.

It was also reported that Sukesh actively participated in the process of money laundering as well as deliberately diverting the proceeds of crime. Several other accused, including Sukesh and Maria Paul, were earlier arrested by the Delhi Police. The police have also recently invoked the Maharashtra Control of Organized Crime Act (MCOCA) in the case.

The Delhi Police had alleged that Leena, Sukesh, among others, used hawala routes to form shell companies to siphon money earned from proceeds of crime.

The Economic Offenses Wing (EOW) of Delhi Police had registered an FIR against Chandrashekhar for duping former Ranbaxy promoters Shivinder Singh and Malvinder Singh’s wife to the tune of Rs 200 crore, apart from the ongoing probe in several cases across the country.

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