In a high-stakes legal drama, Bollywood actress Nora Fatehi appeared before Delhi’s Patiala High Court on July 31 to record her statement in a defamation case filed by fellow actress Jacqueline Fernandez.
The case stems from Nora being allegedly made a scapegoat in a Rs200 crore money laundering case linked to conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar, in which Jacqueline has also been questioned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).
Nora Fatehi expressed her grievances during the statement recording, stating, “They have called me a gold digger and accused me of having a relationship with a con artist (Sukesh Chandrasekhar) and included my name in an ongoing criminal case to divert attention away from them,” as reported by News18.
In response to Nora’s statement recording, Jacqueline Fernandez’ lawyer released a statement clarifying that they have not received any official communication from the court regarding such developments. The lawyer said that Jacqueline has maintained a dignified and silent approach throughout the case as it is sub-judice and pending before the honorable courts. They expressed concern over the leakage of legal arguments and notes in the public domain, which may be deemed as civil and criminal contempt of the court proceedings.
Furthermore, Nora Fatehi also took legal action against at least 15 media organisations for allegedly making defamatory comments against her in connection with the same case.
The legal battle between the two actresses has added complexity to the already sensitive money laundering case involving Sukesh Chandrashekhar. Both parties are expected to adhere to the legal process and respect the sanctity of the court proceedings. Jacqueline Fernandez’ lawyer stated that if their client is forced into unwarranted litigation or dragged into a fake case against her will, they will approach the honorable Delhi High Court for appropriate legal remedies to protect her fundamental rights.
As the case unfolds, it remains to be seen how the court will handle the allegations and legal actions brought forward by both Nora Fatehi and Jacqueline Fernandez.