‘Madras Cafe’ actress arrested for extorting Rs 200 cr from big business family

Leena Maria Paul
Leena Maria Paul

The Delhi Police’s Economic Offences Wing has arrested ‘Madras Cafe’ actor Leena Maria Paul for allegedly helping her boyfriend Sukesh Chandrasekhar, an accused in 21 cases, in extorting Rs 200 crore from former Fortis Healthcare promoter Shivinder Mohan Singh’s wife Aditi Singh.

The police have invoked the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act against the accused. An FIR was registered on August 7 after Aditi Singh told the police that a man posing as an official of the Law Ministry offered to help her secure bail for her husband, who was in jail at that time, in return for money. Shivinder was held in a money laundering case related to “misappropriation” of funds in 2019.

Former Fortis promoters Malvinder Singh and Shivinder Singh

Delhi Police have reached out to the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) in Gujarat’s Gandhinagar to unlock the apple ID of an iPhone 12 Pro seized from Rohini jail inmate Sukesh Chandrasekar to get more details of the extortion racket he allegedly ran from prison. The FSL is likely to coordinate with a firm in Singapore for the same.

“We have arrested Leena under MCOCA. Further probe is on,” a senior officer said. Police claimed Paul, who acted in the film Madras Cafe, is Sukesh’s girlfriend.

Aditi Singh
Aditi Singh

Investigation has also revealed that he made frequent calls to three Bollywood actresses from inside Rohini jail using an international SIM card.

Police confirmed Sukesh was posing as the law and home secretary. A fresh FIR of cheating, extortion, and criminal conspiracy was also registered against him by the EOW last week. He has now been booked under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act.

 

Sources said Sukesh told police that he got the iPhone from his jail contacts and the phone’s settings were done by a vendor in Chennai. “He claims he has no knowledge of his Apple and iCloud IDs. The investigation team, after approaching all agencies, has now approached FSL Gandhinagar, which is coordinating with a Singapore-based firm. Police have identified all gang members, including some of Sukesh’s hawala operators. Raids are on to nab them,” police sources said.

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