New Delhi: When aspiring actress cum model Leena Maria Paul started her career two years back, her life-style was not as lavish as it is today. Her career took a ‘rapid’ stride in the last couple of years.

To Chennai police’s surprise, the starlet, who owned a simple car two years back, is now an owner of nine imported cars, something very puzzling. Leena is known for her penchant to own luxury cars. A few years back, she met Balaji alias Chandrashekhar, a resident of Bangalore. The two immediately struck a chord and embarked on a live-in relationship.

Claiming to be an IAS officer in Karnataka, Chandrahshekar used to amass crores from people in the name of awarding them lucrative government projects. After fooling several people, Leena and Chandrashekhar left the city. 

The duo launched a firm few years back in Chennai and appointed M Balasubramanium and his wife the Managing Directors of the compnay. Acting in tandem with Canara Bank’s Chief Manager V Jagdisha, they duped several people. Canara Bank DGM registered a complaint for duping the bank of Rs. 19 crore. The matter was then sent to crime branch for further investigation.

Two cases of forgery were registered against Leena and Chandrashekar in March this year in which both have been named as accused. The Crime Branch arrested the firm’s managing director and his wife along with the Chief Manager of Canara Bank. Leena and Chandrashekhar were on the run for several months. The police suspect that the duo might have fooled several people in Delhi as well. Finally the starlet has been arrested.

JPN/Bureau