ED Summons P Chidambaram’s wife, Nalini in connection with Saradha scam


New Delhi: In relation to the Saradha scam, Enforcement Directorate has issued summons to former finance minister P Chidambaram’s wife Nalini Chidambaram. They have summoned her to investigate her role in the chit fund scam.

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Chennai-based senior lawyer Nalini Chidambaram was dragged into the Saradha scam after Sudipta Sen, the disgraced chairman of the busted chit fund, claimed he paid more than Rs 1 crore to her at the instance of Manoranjana Singh, the estranged wife of Congress leader Matang Singh.

Officials said Nalini has been asked to appear before the Investigating Officer of the case early next month in Kolkata where her statement is expected to be recorded under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

The particular matter with Nalini, a Supreme Court lawyer, pertains to the legal fee paid to her by the Saradha group, official sources said.

The amount in question is Rs 1.26 crore, sources said, and the ED wants to understand the exact flow of funds to her from Saradha company accounts and the contract made therein.

She had earlier been questioned by the ED and CBI in this regard but sources claimed she has been summoned on the "light of new evidence." Nalini was named by Sudipto Sen, one of the key accused in the scam. Sen had alleged that several people blackmailed him and had taken money from him assuring him protection. He had also said that she had pressured him to invest in a TV channel.

The letter mentions Nalini, who was the lawyer for a deal between Sen and the Narasimha Rao government minister Matang Sinh and his wife Manoranjana Sinh to buy a channel in the Northeast.

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