As part of the ongoing probe into the multi-crore Saradha scam, the Enforcement Directorate on Wednesday summoned Nalini Chidambara, wife of former finance minister P Chidambaram, for questioning.
The Enforcement Directorate has summoned Nalini to investigate her role in the chit fund scam. 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).
Earlier in 2014, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had named Nalini, in the sixth supplementary chargesheet filed in the Saradha scam. Nalini, who is an advocate, was “examined” by the CBI after she was mentioned in a “tell all” letter by Saradha CMD Sudipta Sen to the agency.
Nalini was named neither as witness nor accused, but as one privy to certain information on the controversial channel deal. The CBI said it might look into the information she was privy to “at a later stage”.
In his letter to CBI in 2013, Sen, at present in jail, had claimed that Rs one crore had been paid to the lawyer as her legal fee by the Saradha group. Nalini’s team, however, denied that she was questioned by CBI. They claimed that CBI only obtained a 70-page report prepared by her in connection with the plans for the TV channel acquisition.