Sara Ali Khan under ED gaze for taking chocolates, luxury watch from scammer Sukesh Chandrashekhar

Conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar, who is being held in Tihar jail for extorting over Rs 215 crore from a Delhi businessman’s wife, has gifted Bollywood actress Sara Ali Khan with an expensive watch the last year, sources exclusively told India Today.

A Franck Muller watch and chocolates were given to Sara Ali Khan with the intention of befriending her, sources added.

Earlier, the Law Enforcement Branch investigation revealed that Sukesh gifted Canadian-born actress Nora Fatehi a BMW car, while Sri Lankan-born actress Jacqueline Fernandez received gifts worth more than Rs 10 crore from the scammer.

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Sukesh introduced himself to actor Sara Ali Khan by texting her on WhatsApp on May 21, 2021 as Suraj Reddy. While chatting on WhatsApp, Sukesh told Sara that he would like to gift her a car as a sign of friendship.

As Suraj Reddy, Sukesh continued to message Sara Ali Khan and insisted on showering her with gifts, sources said.

Sara was questioned by ED officials regarding the gifts. In a letter to the polling agency dated January 14, 2022, the actor told investigators that she consistently turned down Sukesh’s offer.

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Sara also told ED that after repeatedly refusing Sukesh aka Suraj, she agreed to receive a box of chocolates from him.

Later, Sukesh sent her a Franck Muller watch with the chocolates. Frank Muller is a luxury brand whose watches cost thousands of dollars in India.

The ED does not treat Sara Ali Khan as a suspect in the case but as a potential witness.

Sukesh is in Tihar Jail for extorting Rs 215 from Aditi Singh, wife of Ranbaxy owner, in 2020-21.

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