The Delhi Police Department of Economic Crimes has arrested actor Leena Maria Paul on Sunday for allegedly helping her friend Sukesh Chandrasekhar, a suspect in 21 cases, in extorting Rs 200 crore from a businessman’s wife.
Police have invoked the strict Maharashtra Control of Organized Crime (MCOCA) Act against the accused, a senior police official said, adding that further investigations into the matter are underway.
He said Ms Paul allegedly assisted Mr Chandrasekhar in cheating on the wife of former Fortis Healthcare promoter Shivinder Mohan Singh, Aditi Singh.
An FIR was registered on Aug. 7 after Aditi Singh informed police that a man posing as a senior Justice Department official in June last year offered to help her secure bail for her husband, who is now was in jail at the time in exchange for money.
Shivinder Singh was arrested in a money laundering case related to alleged misappropriation of funds at Religare Finvest Ltd (RFL) in 2019.
According to police, Chandrasekhar, a suspect in 21 cases, including the election commission bribery case, had called Aditi Singh and was arrested in August.
At the time of the incident, Chandrasekhar was in Rohini Prison in Delhi, carrying out an extortion racket from behind bars.
Police had also arrested his two associates who were operating for him from outside the prison, along with two senior officials from Rohini Prison for helping Chandrasekhar.
During the investigation, police found that a manager of a bank in Connaught Place and his two associates were involved in the dubious money-circulation and cash-handling transactions and the three were subsequently arrested, a senior official said.
Additional Police Commissioner (Economic Crimes Wing) RK Singh said Chandrasekhar’s employees revealed they were being assisted by Rohini prison officials.
“An assistant prison inspector and the deputy superintendent of Rohini Prison were involved in the racket and they admitted to helping the accused. The two prison officials have also been arrested,” police had said.
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