Jacqueline Fernandez was granted bail on November 15, 2022, in the Rs. 200 crore extortion case, involving Sukesh Chandrasekhar.
The Delhi Patiala High Court Special Judge Shailendra Malik granted bail on Rs 2 lakh bail bond.
Now, the 37-year-old actor can also travel abroad with the prior permission of the court.
During the arguments, the court questioned the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for deciding to not arrest Jacqueline Fernandez during the investigation of the case.
The special judge asked: “Why haven’t you (ED) arrested Jacqueline yet during the investigation despite issuing a LOC?
“Other accused are in jail…Why are you putting different criteria?”
The court said: “You can’t have a pick-and-choose policy. There must be reasons for not arresting (an accused).”
Responding to the court’s poser, advocate Shailesh N Pathak, appearing for the agency, said that a Lookout Circular (LoC) was already open against the actor and so the Investigating Officer did not exercise his power of arrest.
The ED’s documents mentioned the details of the statements recorded by Jacqueline Fernandez and Nora Fatehi.
Jacqueline had sought bail on the ground that there was no need for her custody since the investigation is already complete and the charge sheet has been filed.