Sukesh Chandrasekhar is a noted Indian conman who is the prime accused of Rs. 200-crore money laundering case investigated in 2021. During his early teens, Sukesh began making people believe that he lived a luxurious lifestyle. At the age of 17, he was arrested for the first time in a cheating case when he tricked a family friend out of Rs 1.5 crore by professing to be his friend, the son of a well known senior politician.
Sources say that Sukesh forged the signature of the Bangalore police commissioner in order to obtain a certificate claiming he could drive anywhere in Karnataka when he was a minor.
It is believed that for several years, Sukesh posed as the grandson of a former chief minister and cheated hunters of people, making a profit of several crores by doing so. It is now alleged that he defrauded investors of more than Rs 2000 crore by starting a company named King Investment.
Sukesh Chandrasekhar, also known by the name Bala Ji, was born in the year 1989 (age 32 years; as of 2021) in Bhawani Nagar, Bangalore. He attended Bishop Cotton Boys’ School, Bangalore for primary education and Madurai University for secondary education. He was fascinated with luxurious cars and sports cars since childhood. He also worked as an intern for arranging some car events in his city during his university days.
Height (approx.): 5′ 10″
Weight (approx.): 65 Kg
Eye Colour: Black
Hair Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
Sukesh Chandrasekhar was born in a middle-class family in Bengaluru. His father’s name is Vijayan Chandrashekhar. His mother is known as Mrs Chandrashekhar.
Sukesh Chandrasekhar is married to an Indian actress Leena Maria Paul. Leena has acted in various popular movies including ‘Madras Cafe.’ According to sources, Leena once got pregnant with Sukesh but she aborted her pregnancy soon after she got to know about it. Reportedly, in 2011, Sukesh Chandrasekhar and his wife got separated from each other but after some time they started living together again.
Sukesh Chandrasekhar amid the Rs 200 crore extortion case investigation confessed of having a romantic relationship with popular Indian actress Jacqueline Fernandez.
Sukesh’s advocate, Anant Malik, released an official statement for the same. Later, a romantic picture of Sukesh and Jacqueline where Sukesh was seen kissing Jacqueline on her checks in a mirror selfie went viral on social media platforms. Jacqueline’s manager, on behalf of her, denied her having any relationship with Sukesh and his wife.
ED reports that the main accused gave a horse and Persian cat worth *52 lakh and *9 lakh respectively to actress Jacqueline Fernandez. A luxury car was also allegedly given to Nora Fatehi by him. Jacqueline and Nora had appeared before the ED in October to assist in the interrogation.
Sukesh Chandrasekhar, since childhood, was fascinated with the high-end expensive cars and luxurious lifestyle. To fulfil his dream of living that extravagant life he started scamming people to make a great amount of money in very little time. Sukesh conned people by presenting himself as a friend of the son of a well known senior politician.
He was arrested for the first time when he cheated a family friend for Rs 1.5 crore, at the age of seventeen only. Even after getting bail for his first crime, Sukesh Chandrasekhar continued to cheat people with his tricks to earn crores of money. He promised people to provide them with government jobs or properties. Being a minor, Sukesh could not drive any vehicle legally, to fulfil his urge to do so he forged the signature of the Bangalore police commissioner and publish a certificate allowing him to drive anywhere in Karnatak.
In 2017, Sukesh Chandrasekhar became the talk of the town after he was arrested by the Delhi Police officials in connection with the two-leaves symbol bribery case from a hotel room on 16 April 2017. He allegedly played the middleman of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) deputy general secretary, TTV Dinakaran. Reportedly, TTV Dinakaran hired Sukesh to approach Election Commission officials to announce the judgement in favour of the Sasikala faction of the AIADMK for the two-leaf symbol. According to sources, Sukesh charged a sum of Rs 50 crore for influencing Election Commission officials.
The FIR filed by the crime branch police against Sukesh Chandrasekhar presents that Sukesh denied having any money but a bag filled with bundles of Rs 2,000 notes amounting to Rs 1.3 crore was found in his room. The money was seized along with Sukesh’s Mercedes-Benz, which was parked in the hotel’s parking lot. Sukesh Chandrasekhar requested bail as he denies having a connection with TTV Dinakaran but there were a total of 24 FIRs lodged against him. His bail was denied once by the high court and thrice by the trial court.
In 2021, Sukesh Chandrasekhar, who was on Interim bail, was again arrested by the Delhi Police’s Economic Offences Wing officials in connection with the cheating case of Fortis Healthcare promoter Shivinder Mohan Singh’s wife Aditi Singh whom he conned with Rs 200 crore. His wife Leena Maria Paul was also arrested in the same case for helping her husband in the fraud. A total of 13 accused, including Kamlesh Kothari, Joel Jose Matthews, Arun Muthu, and B Mohan Raj were arrested in the Rs 200-Crore extortion case.
According to the police, Chandrasekhar posed as a senior official of the Law Ministry and offered to help her secure bail for her husband in return for a large sum of money. During the investigation, it was found that Sukesh Chandrasekhar was allegedly running an extortion racket from behind the bars of Rohini jail. He used an iPhone 12 Pro Max and a Samsung phone with Israeli phone numbers to run his business. He provided at least Rs 1-crore per month to hawala dealers and police officials in exchange of providing him with the stuff he wants. A senior police official said,
He was living in the jail like a king. It seems all officials of Rohini jail were involved because of the facilities given to him. An entire barrack vacant of all other inmates was given to him. He had covered the CCTV cameras as well. He was freely using his mobile to run the extortion racket for a year.”
He also had a spoofing app to impersonate government officials and politicians to lure his targets. He used to brainwash his people through this. Like in a case, he said to a woman that her husband could get bail if they were with the government.”
Talking about the involvement of Jail officials in the case, he said,
An assistant jail superintendent and the deputy superintendent of Rohini Jail were found involved in the racket and they have admitted to having helped the accused. The two jail officials were also arrested.”
Sukesh Chandrasekhar during the Rs 200-Crore extortion case investigation claimed to have connections with Bollywood actresses Nora Fatehi and Jacqueline Fernandez. Sukesh claimed to have gifted Nora a luxury car worth Rs 1-Crore. However, Nora’s spokesperson explained the matter by releasing a press statement that mentioned Nora Fatehi as a victim of Sukesh. The press release stated,
On behalf of Nora Fatehi, we would like to clarify the various conjectures floating around amongst the media. Nora Fatehi has been the victim around the case and being a witness, she is co-operating and helping the officers in the investigation. She does not know or have any personal connection with the accused and has been called by ED to strictly help with the investigation. We would like to request our fellow friends in the media to refrain from slandering her name and making any statements before any official information is released.”
Talking about Jacqueline Fernandez, Sukesh Chandrasekhar revealed to have a romantic relationship with her. During his interim bail in 2021, he met Jacqueline a couple of times and arranged a private jet for her convenience. A picture of Sukesh kissing Jacqueline on her cheeks also went viral during the controversy. A spokesperson of Jacqueline Fernandez responded to Sukesh’s claims by saying,
Jacqueline Fernandez is being called to testify as a witness by the ED. She has duly recorded her statements and in future will also be completely cooperating with the agency in the investigations. Jacqueline also categorically denies alleged slanderous statements made about the relationship with the involved couple.”
- Sukesh Chandrasekhar owns a number of luxury cars including Land Rover Range Rover, Volvo XC90, Mercedes-Benz GLA, Land Rover Range Rover Velar, Audi A4, BMW X5, Audi A6, Rolls-Royce Phanto, and many more.
- In addition, he also wanted to introduce his wife, Malayalam actress Leena Paul, in a Bollywood movie. The role that Leena played in the movie Madras Cafe was one for which her husband Sukesh had paid a lot of money. Sukesh had talked with many producers and directors in order to bring his wife to Bollywood, and asked the producers and directors not to take any tension over the money. Currently, he and his wife are on remand in an ED facility.
- According to reports, Sukesh Chandrasekhar spent crores of rupees in order to live comfortably in the Tihar Jail of Delhi.
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