Delhi Police have filed a case against Sukesh Chandrashekhar and wife Leena Paul who they say are the masterminds behind conning 200 crores out of the wives of former Fortis Healthcare promoters Shivinder and Malvinder Singh. Kthe charge sheet reveals the extent to which Chandrashekhar went to pose as a central government offical.
Chandrashekhar and Leena Paul concocted an elaborate plan to use spoofing software and social media to pose as top government officials, including impersonating Union Law Secretary Anoop Kumar, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and an official from Home Minister Amit Shah's office. This was in order to convince the victims that he would secure their husband's bail, as they have been in Tihar jail since 2019 in a fraud case of their own.
Sukesh also created two virtual numbers - one each for WhatsApp and Telegram. These were used to extort money from Mrs Singh and by his associates to launder the cash.
Between June 2020 and August 2021, Sukesh Chandrashekhar extorted 201.75 crore. He was assisted in moving the money through hawala networks by jailed Unitech promoter Sanjay Chandra. Properties including a luxury farmhouse on the outskirts of Mumbai and a fleet of luxury cars has been siezed by the Enforcement Directorate.
Leena Paul's role in all of this included the purchase for the spoofing app Sukesh used to extort money. Police sources have told NDTV the investigation has yet to fully uncover the extent to which Sukesh Chandrashekhar and Leena Paul used such high-end technology to carry out their crimes.
The Delhi Police's Economic Offences Wing (EOW) has arrested five jail officials in connection with the 200 crore extortion case involving conman Sukesh Chandrasekhar.
According to the police, the arrested jail officials have been identified as Sunil Kumar, Sunder Bora, Mahendra Prasad, Laxmi Dutt and Prakash Chand.
32 cases are pending against the couple with even other Bollywood celebrities like Jacqueline Fernandes and Nora Fatehi being questioned for connections to the accused.