Delhi Court extends ED remand of actress Leena Maria Paul in Rs 200 cr PMLA case


New Delhi [India], Oct 17 (ANI): A Delhi court on Saturday extended the remand of actress Leena Maria Paul, wife of conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar, in a Rs 200-crore money laundering case to establish money trail of proceeds of crime.

Additional Sessions Judge Praveen Singh extended the Enforcement Directorate (ED) remand of Leena Maria Paul for a further period of seven days, observing that the accused Paul was not only the beneficiary of the proceeds of the offense but was also playing an active role in furthering the PoC. Was. Immaculate money and was working as a lawyer with the main accused Sukesh.

Court said that money was being moved on its direction, if ED is not given custody then trial is still unknown, money transaction which is currently unknown, will get cold.

Opposing the request for further police remand by the Enforcement Directorate, Leena’s lawyer pleaded with the court that the interrogation could take place in jail.

The court, while accepting the ED’s application, orally said that Sukesh Chandrashekhar is indeed the owner of the jails.

Earlier, the court also took cognizance that Chandrashekhar was lodged in Delhi’s Rohini Jail at the time of the incident and was running an extortion racket from behind bars.

Special Public Prosecutor Atul Tripathi, appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED), while seeking seven more custody of accused Leena Maria Paul, saying, “Various roles of the accused are coming to the fore. At first, we thought that he had only had enjoyed the proceeds of crime. But later, we found that she was not using the money, but was carrying the money.”

The ED said that she was part of the activities in which her husband (Sukesh Chandrashekhar) was involved.

Financial probe agency Enforcement Directorate (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, searches were conducted at various places related to Sukesh Chandrashekhar and his associates. During the search, 16 high-end vehicles were seized under Section 17 PMLA and these cars are either in the name of Lina Paulo’s firms or in the name of third parties.

It is further submitted that it has come to the fore that Sukesh deliberately created structures to level and transfer proceeds of crime and thus, actively participated in the process of money laundering.

Several other accused, including Sukesh and Leena 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 park the money earned from the proceeds of the crime.

The Economic Offenses Wing (EOW) of the 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. (ANI)


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