Staff Reporter, Kolkata: The Enforcement Directorate has sent a summon to former finance minister P Chidambaram’s wife Nalini, asking her to appear on 29th May. The agency has summoned her in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam.
Nalini Chidambaram was the legal advisor of Saradha accused Manoranjana Sinh, had been summoned first by the ED in 2015 but she had sent her representative to the agency’s office.
Nalini’s name first taken in the purported letter from Saradha boss Sudipta Sen to CBI in April 2013, where it was claimed that she had been paid from Saradha accounts.
In its sixth supplementary chargesheet in the Saradha scam, the CBI had mentioned her as someone privy to certain information on the controversial channel deal.
Nalini Chidambaram had earlier moved the Madras High Court challenging the summon issued by the ED on September 7, 2016. The Madras High Court, however, dismissed the petition last month.
Sudipto Sen, the former chairman of Saradha who is the main accused in the case, is currently in jail. The scam was worth around Rs 2,000 crore.
In the reports, investigators claimed that Nalini was paid Rs 65.85 lakh between June 2010 and September 2012. But the TDS filed by the Saradha group showed a payment of Rs 1.5 crore to her from March-June 2011. A TDS of Rs 15 lakh was deducted from that, said sources.