Ground Report | New Delhi: Who is Leena Maria Paul; A Delhi court on Saturday extended by a week the custodial interrogation of actress Leena Maria Paul in a money laundering case related to the recovery of 200 crores from the wife of a local businessman.
Money laundering case
Paul was produced before the court on Saturday at the end of her custodial interrogation and Special Judge Praveen Singh again extended her Enforcement Directorate custody by a week. Now she will be on police remand till 23 October.
The Enforcement Directorate has given much important information related to this nexus in the court on Saturday. Conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar (her husband) allegedly extorted Rs 200 crore from the wife of a businessman by impersonating a central government official over a spoofed phone call lodged in Rohini jail. Several jail and bank officials have also been arrested for their involvement in the racket.
Sukesh Chandrashekhar was arrested by the Economic Offenses Wing, while the ED has registered a money laundering case based on an FIR registered by the Delhi Police. The ED suspects that the thug had extorted money from many people during his stay in jail.
According to police, Chandrashekhar, an accused in 21 cases, including the Election Commission bribery case, had called up Aditi Singh and was arrested in August. At the time of the incident, Chandrashekhar was lodged in Rohini Jail in Delhi and was running an extortion racket from behind the bars.
The police had also arrested two senior officials of Rohini jail along with two of her associates working from outside the jail for helping Chandrashekhar. A senior official said that during the investigation, the police found that the manager of a bank in Connaught Place and two associates were involved in suspicious transactions for movement of money and arrangement of cash, and later the three were arrested.
misappropriation of funds
The couple allegedly cheated Aditi Singh, wife of Shivinder Mohan Singh, former promoter of Fortis Healthcare. The case was registered on the basis of an FIR registered by the Economic Offenses Wing of Delhi Police on the complaint of Aditi Singh that in June last year a man posing as a senior law ministry official had offered to help secure bail for her husband in exchange for money, NDTV reported.
Shivinder Singh was arrested in 2019 in a money laundering case related to the alleged misappropriation of funds in Religare Finvest Limited (RFL). The agency said that Leena Maria Paul’s company Nail Artistry has done business of Rs 4.79 crore in Chennai, Rs 1.21 crore in Kochi and alleged that the said amount is nothing but the proceeds of crime, which were laundered by her. The ED said that data is also to be obtained from three of his mobile phones.
Who is Leena Maria Paul,
Leena Maria Paul is a Malayalam actress. Leena is a BDS graduate and has completed her schooling in Dubai. Paul started her career with Mohanlal-starrer ‘Red Chillies’ in 2009 and has since featured in several films like ‘Husbands in Goa’, ‘Cobra’ and ‘Biryani’.
According to a news report, he had trained to become a dentist in Bengaluru but later left to pursue her love for cinema. Reportedly, Paul was earlier arrested in 2013 along with Chandrasekhar for defrauding a Chennai bank to the tune of Rs 19 crore. During Paul’s arrest, the police had recovered nine expensive cars and 81 expensive wristwatches.
In December 2018, Paul again made headlines for being shot at her beauty parlor in Kochi. Notorious underworld don Ravi Sulia Pujari, arrested in 2019, was said to be involved in a high-profile case.