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Saradha: Nalini Chidambaram’s clarification sought

Supreme Court lawyer 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. File photo   | Photo Credit: K_Ananthan

The CBI on Saturday sought some clarifications from Nalini Chidambaram, the wife of former Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam. “The CBI did not question me. The CBI officers wanted to know whether Ms. Manoranjana Sinh [estranged wife of Congress leader Matang Sinh] had consulted me professionally. I told them yes, I was consulted,” said Ms. Chidambaram in a statement to the media.

CBI officials said they approached Ms. Chidambaram in Chennai on Saturday to seek clarifications as she had been the legal advisor to Manoranjana Sinh. Ms. Sinh had purportedly introduced Ms Chidambaram to Saradha Group head Sudipto Sen, now the prime accused in the chit fund scam, in connection with a proposed deal between him and Ms. Sinh.

The CBI had earlier questioned Ms. Sinh for her suspected role in the scam. According to the agency, probe have indicated that she had financial dealings with one of the Saradha group companies. In his April 2013 letter to the CBI, Sudipto Sen had alleged that he had dealings worth about Rs.28 crore with her, which included Rs.25 crore payment made out to company. In the same letter, he mentioned that Ms. Sinh had introduced him to Ms. Chidambaram as her legal advisor.

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