Saradha scam: No summons for Nalini Chidambaram, says CBI

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Bengaluru, March 4: After reports of the CBI summoning Nalini Chidambaram, wife of former union minister, P Chidambaram did the rounds earlier the headquarters of the agency has denied the same.

The CBI headquarters say that it has not sent a notice to Nalini although the agency has named her in its sixth supplementary chargesheet.

P Chidambaram with wife Nalini Chidambaram

Her name figures in the 6th supplementary chargesheet that was filed by the CBI. Nalini was named neither as witness nor accused, but as one privy to certain information on a controversial channel deal. The CBI said it might look into the information she was privy to "at a later stage".

Nalini's name cropped up as she was the advocate of Manoranjana Singh one of the accused in the case. The CBI says that her fee was paid from a Saradha account and hence they had named her in the chargesheet. Her name first cropped up when Sudipto Sen, the main accused in the case had stated in a letter written to the CBI in April 2013. He had said that she was paid from the Saradha account.

The Serious Frauds Investigation Office which also probed the case had stated that she was the sole arbitrator of the deal signed between Sudipta and Saradha group on June 21, 2010. Further it was stated that she was pad for her services as a lawyer.

The CBI will try and clear out the confusion as to how much she was paid. While the investigators found that she was paid Rs 65.85 lakh between 2010 and 2012, the TDS which the Saradha group filed shows the payment of Rs 1.5 crore.

The CBI also wants to find out about the numerous emails that Sen had sent to her. In one of the mails Sen said that he had not conducted due dilligence of the company before hand.


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