The Delhi Police’s Economic Offences Wing on Wednesday summoned Bollywood celeb stylist Leepakshi Ellawadi in reference to its probe into conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar’s Rs 200 crores Money laundering case. Police have already questioned Bollywood actresses Jacqueline Fernandez and Nora Fatehi and former TV anchor Pinky Irani.
Irani is one of many accused within the Enforcement Directorate chargesheet and was named as Sukesh’s aide who allegedly helped him join with Jacqueline, who has additionally been made an accused by the ED in its supplementary chargesheet. Police stated Nora and Leepakshi are being questioned as witnesses within the case.
Leepakshi is a dressing up designer, stylist and luxurious marketing consultant who has labored with prime Bollywood celebrities, together with Jacqueline, for over a decade.
On Wednesday, she was questioned for almost eight hours. A senior police officer stated, “We have already questioned Jacqueline a few times and found that Sukesh had allegedly contacted Leepakshi to buy dresses and design costumes for her. He allegedly paid Rs 3 crores to buy branded clothes for Jacqueline and style her. Leepakshi reached the office around 11.30 am and left at 7.30 pm.”
According to police sources, the questioning revealed that Sukesh sought Leepakshi’s Help in suggesting clothes manufacturers for Jacqueline. Police additionally requested about particular manufacturers that had been allegedly gifted to the actress.
“He wanted to impress the actress and used Pinky to buy expensive bags, while taking suggestions from Leepakshi to style her. He contacted the latter last year,” added the officer.
Police sources stated Leepakshi cooperated with the investigators and answered all their queries. She is learnt to have informed police that she was not conscious of Sukesh’s legal actions and was solely paid to Help Jacqueline.
“Initially, we were planning to question both Jacqueline and Leepakshi together to confirm facts, but the stylist couldn’t come earlier. We have now recorded her statement,” stated a supply.
Sukesh is an notorious conman who allegedly led an extortion syndicate from inside jail and cheated former Fortis Healthcare promoter Shivinder Mohan Singh’s spouse Aditi Singh. Both ED and Delhi Police have claimed that he gifted costly vehicles to Nora and Jacqueline. Jacqueline additionally allegedly obtained a Tiffany diamond ring, branded baggage, Hermes bracelets, investigators stated.