The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today filed charge sheet against former finance minister P Chidambaram’s wife Nalini Chidambaram in a court in Kolkata, in connection with the money laundering probe into the Saradha Ponzi scam.
In the charge sheet, it is alleged that charges against Nalini Chidambaram are entering a criminal conspiracy with Sudipto Sen, proprietor of Saradha group of companies and other accused of the offence of cheating and misappropriation of funds of Saradha group of companies.
The CBI has also alleged that Manoranjana Sinh, the estranged wife of former Union minister Matang Sinh, introduced Sen to Nalini Chidambaram to manage probes by various agencies like SEBI, ROC against him for which she allegedly received Rs 1.4 crore during 2010-12 through his companies.
Notably, this is the sixth charge sheet in the Saradha scam. The Supreme Court had handed over the case to CBI in 2014. The ED had first issued the summons on September 7,2016, asking Nalini, a senior lawyer, to appear at its Kolkata office as a witness in the Saradha chit fund scam.
She was allegedly paid a legal fee of Rs 1.26 crore by the Saradha group for her appearances in the court and the Company Law Board over a television channel purchase deal