The Enforcement Directorate confronted Mumbai-based Pinki Irani with Sukesh Chandrasekar inside Tihar Jail on Friday. After taking requisite permission of the court, the ED carried out the joint questioning of the two. The ED had arrested Pinki Irani last week.
How the two knew each other and whether Pinki helped in illegal money laundering operations. The questioning, inside Tihar Jail, lasted over four hours. During the investigation, the ED has already recorded the statement of Bollywood actor Jacqueline Fernandez’s makeup artist Shan Muthathil.
Subsequently, Shan received a call from “home ministry”.
“It was also at the insistence of Angel that conversation happened. Various gifts were delivered by Angel, who has been identified as Pinki Irani a resident of Mumbai,” the ED said in the chargesheet.
The federal probe agency also suspects that Pinki Irani is also part of Sukesh’s money laundering racket. When Jacqueline recorded her statement she too claimed that after several unanswered calls, she spoke to “Shekhar”.
An excerpt of her questioning. (Source ED chargesheet)
ED : When did you meet Sukesh Chandrasekar?
Jacqueline: Since December 2020 and also in January 2021 someone was calling me number of times.