Nora Fatehi has filed a defamation suit against actress Jacqueline Fernandez in a Delhi court, alleging that the latter made defamatory statements in order to ruin her career. They were detained in connection with a Rs 200 crore money laundering case filed against alleged conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar.
According to Fatehi’s plea, Fernandez “made defamatory imputations” for “malicious reasons” with the intent to “destroy her career and advance her own interests.” The plea also sought to make several media outlets respondents in this case, claiming that they criminally attempted to reproduce the accused’s defamatory statements.
While Jacqueline is a defendant in the money laundering case, Nora remains a suspect and a witness. In her suit, Nora claims that her name is being used in the case to “tarnish her image while she has tried to maintain cordial relationships with all her colleagues from the industry.”
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It stated that Fernandez had made a written statement to the appellate tribunal, PMLA, claiming that she was “falsely implicated by ED while celebs like Nora Fatehi who had received gifts from Conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar were made witnesses.” “Jacqueline Fernandes sought to criminally defame the complainant in order to destroy her career in order to further her own interests, amongst other reasons, because they both work in the same industry and have similar backgrounds,” her plea read.
During the brief hearing, Fernandez also appeared in court. The Delhi High Court adjourned arguments in the case until December 12 after the prosecution requested time to prepare arguments on the point of charge.
Nora Fatehi sues Jacqueline Fernandez for defamation
“It is pertinent to mention herein that both the complainant (Nora Fatehi) and the accused (Jacqueline Fernandez) are actresses of foreign origin who have had their share of struggles in rising to fame in the Indian film industry; thus, it is evident that the accused’s act in dragging the complainant’s name wherein she has no business mentioning the complainant is mala fide in nature,” the plea stated.
On November 15, Jacqueline Fernandez was granted regular bail, citing the fact that the accused was not arrested during the investigation as grounds for bail. Special Judge Shailendra Malik granted her relief on a personal bond of Rs 2 lakh on the condition that she not leave the country without the court’s prior permission and directed her to join the investigation as and when asked by the ED.
Fatehi also denied receiving gifts from Sukesh and stated that the only time she spoke to him was when his wife Leena forced her to speak to him over the phone at an event.
Her plea did acknowledge that Leena had given her an iPhone and a Gucci bag. In response to allegations that she received a luxury car, her plea stated that it was compensation for directing a movie, given to her brother-in-law, who was approached by Sukesh.