Delhi court changed Jacqueline Fernandez’s bail conditions, enabling her to go abroad without seeking permission from the court for her involvement with the Rs.200 crore money laundering case involving conman Sukesh Chandrashekar. She is mentioned as an accused in a money laundering case filed by the Delhi police financial crimes wing in August last year, alongside conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar.
Jacqueline Fernandez was granted bail
The court of extra sessions judge Shailendra Malik declared that the court recognizes her profession as an actor in Bollywood who has to travel overseas regularly and needs to leave the nation on short notice in order to look into future opportunities. “…In such a case, the requirement of obtaining prior permission before leaving the country becomes burdensome and may result in the loss of livelihood,” the judge wrote in the August 10 judgment. Fernandez was granted regular bail in the case brought by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on the condition that she seek permission from the court on November 15, 2022.
ED objected to the application
The actor filed an application under Section 439(1)(b) of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) to modify her bail conditions on the grounds that she is an actor in the Indian film business and “needs to travel abroad for professional commitments, often on short notice.” Meanwhile, the ED objected to the application, claiming that bail requirements exist not just to ensure the accused’s presence but also to prevent “any possibility of fleeing from the judicial process.” It was also suggested that the argument that obtaining permission to travel overseas takes time is unsustainable.