New Delhi [India]: A Delhi Court on Friday deferred reserved order on the bail plea of Bollywood actor Jacqueline Fernandes in an alleged money laundering case of Rs 200 crores.
The court has also extended the interim bail granted to Jacqueline till Tuesday. Conman Sukesh Chandrashekar is also an accused in this case. The court had reserved the order on Thursday after hearing the arguments.
Special judge Shailendra Malik deferred the order on the bail plea of Jacqueline Fernandes till Tuesday. The Court is likely to pronounce the order at 4 PM on Tuesday.
The Court also raised questions that why the agency did not arrest during the investigation. The court had said that the agency arrested some accused but not arrest some others. Why this policy of pick and choose?
Jacquline’s Counsel senior advocate Siddharth Agarwal and Prashant Patil submitted that the actress cooperated with the investigation and her statement was recorded 5 times.
They also submitted that she was not arrested during the investigation and supplementary charge sheet has been filed and she is also a woman. This proposition ought not to be altered by the court.
It was also argued that she was not aware that the gifts she received were out of proceeds of crime. In these circumstances, she is entitled to bail.
On the other hand counsel for ED submitted that she has a history of attempting to flee the country. She did not cooperate in the investigation.
Apart from this, she is economically sound, she can influence the investigation and win over the witnesses.
She possessed, used and enjoyed the proceeds of crime, ED argued. It is the role of the accused. The investigation is still going on, any other may crop up.
ED’s counsel also submitted that she is a foreign national and has roots in Sri Lanka. Her parents live in Bahrain, his brother is living in Australia and her sister is in another country. She may flee if she is enlarged on bail.
She can not be granted bail only on grounds of the accused being a woman as she did not cooperate in the investigation.
In these circumstances she may not be granted bail, ED’s counsel submitted.