‘Madras Cafe’ actress Leena Paul arrested in a fraud case


South Indian model-actress Leena Maria Paul, who appeared in Soojit Sircar’s film ‘Madras Cafe’ starring John Abraham, has been arrested in a fraud case.

Leena’s business partner Chandrashekar has also been taken into custody by the Economic Offences Wing of Mumbai and the two have been detained in connection with their involvement a chit fund scheme under the fake company ‘Lion Oak India’.

According to reports, Leena and Chandrashekar started the fake investment firm that promised 10 times return of the invested amount in a short span of time. Both of them have duped several people under the pretence of providing huge returns for their investments.

They were arrested after several complaints were filed at the Mumbai Crime Branch.

Leena, Chandrashekar, and four others were apprehended under various sections of the Prize Chits and Money Circulation Schemes (banning) Act 1978 and of IPC. They have been remanded in police custody till June 4, Joint Commissioner of Police, EOW, Dhananjay Kamlakar said.

Main accused in the case Chandrashekhar is a repeat offender and had been booked twice by Chennai police in 2013. “Chandrashekhar was on bail and arrived in Mumbai last year. He has created a web of 21 schemes here to cheat gullible investors,” officer Kamlakar said.

The officer however, evaded any questions about the actress saying investigations were still on.

Leena enacted the role of a Tamil rebel in Bollywood film ‘Madras Cafe’ that was based on Indian intervention in the Sri Lankan civil war. The actress was also seen in Ravichandran’s Tamil film ‘Appo Ippo’ and ‘Venkat Prabhu’s ‘Biryani’ starring Hansika Motwani. She had also acted in Malayalam films ‘Cobra’, ‘Husbands In Goa’ and ‘Red Chillies’.