Bollywood actor Nora Fatehi today filed a lawsuit against fellow actor Jacqueline Fernandez and 15 media houses for defamatory comments made by Ms. Fernandez. She accused the media organizations of further “persisting and spreading” the comments. Ms Fatehi further claimed that her rival actor and the media organizations were “acting in concert”.
“A conspiracy by Defendant No. 1 to ensure the financial, social and personal ruin of the prosecution was hatched and carried out by the said action,” she said in the petition filed through her attorney.
“Her fast-moving career has clearly threatened her rivals who cannot compete with her in a fair way,” the petition read.
It is becoming clear that the aforementioned rivals, unable to compete fairly with the complainant in the industry, have begun to tarnish her reputation, causing her to lose her job and thereby open greener pastures for her. rivals in the industry.’, it adds.
The comment in question is related to the Rs 200 crore extortion case being investigated by central authorities, in which con artist Sukesh Chandrashekhar is the main accused. Both actors have been called up by investigative agencies and Ms. Fernandez is named as a suspect in the case after it was revealed that she had received expensive gifts from the scammer. Mrs. Fatehi has also received gifts from Sukesh.
On December 2, when she came out of the Office of the Enforcement Directorate after recording her statement, she had denied receiving any gifts from Sukesh.
Jacqueline Fernandez had previously stated clearly in a plea to the Appellate Authority of Prevention of Money Laundering Act, or PMLA that it is surprising that like her, some other celebrities, especially Norah Fatehi, were also scammed by Sukesh Chandrashekhar in the case, but while Nora Fatehi and other celebrities who received gifts from Sukesh Chandrashekhar are made witnesses, she is dragged as an accused.
The ED has named Jacqueline Fernandez as a suspect in its additional charge in the racketeering case against con artist Sukesh in a court in Delhi.
ED’s earlier indictment did not list her name as the accused, but gave details of the statement Jacqueline Fernandez and Nora Fatehi included in the case.
According to the ED, Sukesh was confronted by Ms. Fernandez on October 20, 2021 where she revealed that he often arranged private jet travel and her hotel stay.
Statements from Nora Fatehi were recorded on September 13, 2021 and October 14, 2021 where she said she got a booking for a charity event and during the event she was gifted a Gucci bag and an iPhone from Sukesh’s wife Leena Paulose, the probe agency had said.
Nora Fatehi had further said that Leena Paulose called her along with her husband and put the phone on speaker where he thanked her and said they were her fans. She then announced that they would gift her a brand new BMW car as a token of love.
“The reputation of any person in the film industry is an asset and any dent in it would cause immense and irreparable damage to their career. All the accused herein are well aware of this and this establishes that the defamation committed by them is done with malicious intent.” says Nora Fatehi’s slander petition.