CBI examines Nalini Chidambaram in Saradha scam probe

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September 21, 2014

Sources say the Supreme Court lawyer was examined in connection with the legal fee paid to her by the Saradha group; her team denies she was questioned

Nalini Chidamabaram, wife of former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, has been examined by the CBI in connection with the alleged multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam.

September 21, 2014

Sources say the Supreme Court lawyer was examined in connection with the legal fee paid to her by the Saradha group; her team denies she was questioned

Nalini Chidamabaram, wife of former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, has been examined by the CBI in connection with the alleged multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam.

The CBI examined Ms. Chidambaram, a Supreme Court lawyer, on Saturday evening in Chennai in connection with the legal fee paid to her by the Saradha group, official sources said in New Delhi.

The sources said Saradha Group chairman Sudipta Sen, at present in jail, had mentioned about hiring Ms. Chidambaram as a lawyer at the request of Manoranjana Sinh, estranged wife of Congress leader Mantang Sinh.

Mr. Sen, who had written a letter to the CBI in 2013, had claimed that Rs. 1 crore had been paid to the lawyer as her legal fee by the Saradha group.

Ms. Chidambaram represented Ms. Manoranjana Sinh and, therefore, was asked to offer her professional advice in her negotiations with Mr. Sen in connection with plans by the group to acquire a TV channel in the northeast. The lawyer is believed to have advised her client against the Rs. 42 crore investment by the group to acquire the TV channel.

Ms. Chidambaram has not responded to calls and messages for her reaction.

Ms. Chidambaram’s team, however, denied that she was questioned by the CBI. They claimed that the CBI only obtained a 70-page report prepared by her in connection with the plans for the TV channel acquisition.

“The near Rs. 1 crore fee was for one year’s assistance. It was transparent and nominal,” sources close to Ms. Chidambaram said


Courtesy: PTI