Delhi police arrest actor Leena Maria Paul in Rs 200 crore extortion case

Malayalam actress Leena Maria Paul was arrested by Delhi Police’s Economic Offences Wing (EOW) for allegedly helping her husband Sukesh Chandrasekhar, a conman, in extorting Rs 200 crore from former Fortis Healthcare promoter Shivinder Mohan Singh’s wife, Aditi Singh. The police have invoked the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime (MCOCA) Act against the accused.

“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. As per reports, Enforcement Department (ED) interrogated the actress on several occasions after they found evidence of her active involvement in an extortion racket during the investigation. An FIR was registered on August 7 after former Fortis Healthcare promoter Shivinder Mohan Singh’s wife Aditi Singh informed police that a man posing as a senior official of the Law Ministry offered to help her secure bail for her husband, who was in jail at that time. As reports suggest, the couple duped the businessman’s wife, impersonating her as a central government officer over a spoof phone call while he was in Rohini’s jail. The incident came to light when Aditi registered an FIR on August 7, 2021 and police confirmed that Sukesh was posing as the law and home secretary. At the time of the incident, Chandrasekhar was lodged in Rohini jail and was running an extortion racket. The police had also arrested his two associates who operated for him from outside the prison along with two senior officials of Rohini jail for aiding Chandrasekhar.

Shivinder Singh was arrested in a money laundering case related to alleged misappropriation of funds at Religare Finvest Ltd (RFL) in 2019.